Superfast broadband coverage is to be extended in Aberdeenshire.
Homes and businesses in Ellon, Balmedie, Drumoak, Fraserburgh, Insch, Kemnay, Oldmeldrum, Old Rayne, Peterhead and Turriff will benefit from the expansion.
They are the next areas to be connected to high-speed fibre broadband from the further roll-out of the £410 million Digital Scotland partnership.
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 before.
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.”