Over 2000 homes and businesses are able to connect to high speed fibre broadband in Turriff.
Work has been carried out over recent months to upgrade the telephone network in Turriff as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.
The properties in Turriff join more than 56,600 homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire which are now able to access fibre broadband through the Digital Scotland roll-out. Building on BT’s commercial roll-out, it means that 2,200 homes and businesses in the town can now access the high-speed technology.
You can check if you are connected to the fibre network by using the BT Openreach service checker.
To help people in Turriff find out more about the benefits of the high-speed service, a special drop-in event will be held at the side of the Town House between 3pm and 7.30pm this afternoon, Thursday November 26. Anyone in the local community interested in finding out how fibre broadband works and the benefits it can provide is welcome to attend the free event.
As part of the drop in event members of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme will be on hand to get people up to speed with the technology and provide advice on areas such as signing up with a service provider.
People will also be able to have a look around the new Digital Scotland Fibre Showcase, a specially-adapted vehicle which features all of the equipment used in the roll-out of fibre broadband. The unique vehicle includes equipment which is familiar to members of the public – like the new green street cabinets – as well as some of the things they don’t often see, such as how fibre-optic cables are ‘blown’ underground as part of the deployment.
Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said
It’s great news that many residents and businesses in Turriff are now able to receive fibre broadband thanks to the programme, with more local coverage to follow.
I’m also excited that we’ll be having our new Digital Scotland fibre showcase in the village. This will give residents an interesting and detailed idea of what fibre broadband can provide and exactly how it’s delivered.
The difference a high-speed connection can make is amazing, giving much more flexibility at work or in the home. I hope that local residents will come along to the event at the Town House to get an understanding of the boost they can expect from a fast fibre broadband connection after they’ve sign up with a service provider.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said
Thousands more people in Aberdeenshire now have access to their best ever broadband speeds thanks to the Digital Scotland project. As the fibre network continues to extend across the area, making the most of it is vital. It means more local people and businesses in Turriff will soon be taking advantage of all the opportunities on offer.
Other local areas where fibre has gone live thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme include Aberchirder, Banff, and Fyvie, – with more areas planned in the coming months as engineers from BT’s local network business Openreach continue work on the ground.
Properties which are connected to the fibre network can now access broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps, although speeds may vary depending on line length and provider but a majority of properties should see a significant improvement in broadband speeds available.