BT, Digital Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council have announced further improvements to the Broadband services offered by Turriff exchange. The current 20Mbps is due to be increased to up to 80Mbps by autumn 2014 as BT engineers upgrade exchanges across Aberdeenshire, including Turriff.
Aberdeenshire Council Leader, Jim Gifford, said
This announcement is a significant step in the programme to connect most of Aberdeenshire’s homes and businesses to fibre broadband over the next four years. Residents of Kirkton of Skene were the first in Scotland to benefit from faster broadband speeds through this project, earlier this month. It is great to see new communities being connected up so quickly after the launch of the national roll-out.
Improving digital connectivity for homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire is a key priority for the council and we have invested more than any other local authority in the UK to make this happen.
The new infrastructure will mean that multiple users in a home or business will be able to access the internet and download and share large files at the same time and more quickly than ever before.
There are many benefits to Improved Broadband connectivity, local economies benefit with businesses being able relocate to areas that would not previously have been viable and for new business start ups. Existing businesses can expand their reach through greater use of the internet. Residents also benefit from the improved connectivity with greater access to services, such as education and healthcare and the ability to shop around for better deals things such as utilities and insurance.
First Minister and local MSP Alex Salmond said of the announcement
I am delighted that a number of communities in my constituency will be able to experience the benefits of high-speed fibre broadband. This is a welcome boost to towns and villages that may have had a considerably longer wait for the commercial roll-out.
Broadband speeds have been a cause of concern across Aberdeenshire with many homes facing issues due to the significant distances to the nearest exchange served only by copper line. The Scottish Government has committed over £240 million to address this and keep rural areas connected.
Speeds of up to 80mps in locations such as Turriff and Oldmeldrum will allow rural businesses to remain competitive in the digital age.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said
Today marks an important next phase in the Digital Scotland deployment, with local communities among the latest set to benefit. This technological change will help them to compete and thrive in the 21st century.
New locations for fibre will be announced regularly as our engineers carry out detailed local surveys and finalise plans. Delivering a project on this scale is one of the most significant challenges we’ve faced anywhere in the UK in recent years. It’s great to see this major step forward today, which will benefit rural communities on and off the Scottish mainland.
Other Aberdeenshire towns that will be upgraded by BT as part of this project include
- Old Rayne
It is expected that more than three quarters of a million homes and business premises will benefit from the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband initiative. Funding partners include the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the UK Government through Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), local authorities and the European Regional Development Fund.
Alongside the commercial roll-out of superfast broadband, the Digital Scotland programme will see around 95 per cent of premises in Scotland connected to fibre broadband infrastructure by 2017/18.