More delays for broadband

Iain McDonald is concerned over the fibre broadband delays in the town.
Iain McDonald is concerned over the fibre broadband delays in the town.

An Auchterellon resident has raised his concerns over the delays affecting the installation of fibre broadband within Ellon.

Iain McDonald has voiced his concerns over the delay in installing the broadband as well as the lack of explanation from BT Openreach to residents.

For community users it is important that they get fast and reliable internet

Iain McDonald Ellon Resident

Iain spoke to BT Openreach engineers in August 2014 when the cabinet serving Auchterellon was installed and he was informed that the new broadband would be up and running shortly.

Residents still do not have fibre broadband and BT Openreach say it is not expected to be live until June next year.

Iain said: “The Scottish Government say that over 85% of Scotland will have fibre broadband access by March 2016, so Ellon will be part of the last 15% of Scottish homes to get fibre enabled which seems strange as Ellon is a big town.

“Peterhead and Aberdeen have access to the fibre network but it has literally passed us by.”

He added: “For community users it is important that they get fast and reliable internet.

“With the likes of big companies like Brewdog and Power Jacks moving into the town I think it is important we help them grow and develop in the town with good internet.”

A spokesperson for BT said: “This cabinet is being enabled as part of BT’s commercial roll-out programme.

“Unfortunately the subcontractor completing the work went out of business before the work was finished.

“We are pushing to get a to get a completion date from our new subcontractor and would like to apologise for the lengthy delay it has caused.”