BT have announced that Turriff is going to be getting high speed fibre broadband under plans to make faster broadband available to a further 124,000 homes and businesses in Scotland. Openreach, BT’s local network business, will upgrade 99 new exchanges including Turriff with the technology before or during Spring 2014.
The new service is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband which means that all current broadband providers on the Turriff exchange will have access to the fibre services.
Having a stable & fast internet connection is key to having a vibrant, enterprising and sustainable rural economy and can attract further inward investment from businesses in to areas like Turriff. High speed broadband can help increase local job opportunities and growth, improve options for younger generations with improved access to educational opportunities as well as helping businesses growing their client base while remaining a local business.
Eilidh Whiteford, MP for Banff & Buchan said of the new investment
This announcement by BT of a major fibre broadband upgrade in Turriff is very welcome news indeed. It is critical to our local economy that we see investment in new communications technology to enable business to remain competitive with major urban centres and to attract new investment in businesses, including life sciences, which are viewed as so important to the area’s economic future.
Combined with the upcoming plans for next generation broadband right across our region and more localised projects in harder to reach areas, this range of investment not only supports our economy in the future but such a major infrastructure upgrade also means jobs during the installation of these new technologies.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said
The rapid roll-out of faster broadband offers a great opportunity for Scotland. It is an important part of BT’s plans to help ensure that the nation is able to take full advantage of the communications revolution.
The technology is having a major impact on our everyday lives and changing for the better the way we live, helping businesses work more efficiently and flexibly and find new markets. And communities are better able to make use of the huge range of on-line educational and entertainment opportunities available. But there is still much work to be done and we want to work with the public sector to find solutions for even the most challenging locations.
The BT investment and upgrade to the Turriff exchange will make download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the speed previously available from BT available to customers.
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Nicola Sturgeon, said
I very much welcome this latest announcement from BT. It is essential that households and businesses everywhere in Scotland have access to high-speed connectivity and fibre broadband will play a key role in enhancing our digital offering.
The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that a world class digital infrastructure is in place across Scotland by 2020 and that a significant increase in coverage has been achieved by 2015. This investment, along with significant investment by the public sector, will ensure that this ambition is achieved.
What do you think of the current broadband speeds in Turriff and will the new faster finer broadband help you or your business?