DSSB superfast broadband rollout eases Aberdeenshire lockdown burden

More than 88,600 households and businesses across Aberdeenshire were reached by the £463 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband.

Wednesday, 14th July 2021, 8:13 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th July 2021, 8:14 am
Engineers from Openreach laid more than 2500 km of cable across the region.
Engineers from Openreach laid more than 2500 km of cable across the region.

Engineers from Openreach laid more than 2500 km of cable across Aberdeenshire during the build.

When the programme first began in April 2014, only one in four Aberdeenshire households and businesses were scheduled to get fibre broadband from a commercial provider.

Many of the properties reached in its final year – including communities like Denside of Durris – can connect to ultrafast, full fibre technology.

Robert Thorburn, Partnership Director for Openreach in Scotland, said: “This has been a great partnership, going much further than planned and reaching many thousands of homes which might otherwise have struggled through the pandemic. Good connectivity has never been more important, and the huge expansion of the fibre network leaves a strong legacy to build on, including the deployment of 4G services in remote areas.

Councillor Andy Kille, Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, added: “The difference it has made here is significant but there is still a long way to go, with over 21,000 premises in Aberdeenshire still not receiving anywhere near acceptable broadband speeds. Aberdeenshire will continue to work with partners to encourage and support improved connectivity for our communities that are struggling with poor digital connections.”