MSP welcomes Broadband upgrades in Aberdeenshire

The announcement has been welcomed by Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin
The announcement has been welcomed by Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin

Premises across the North-East can now upgrade to faster fibre broadband with more than 80,000 premises across Aberdeenshire able to connect to the Digital Scotland network.

The announcement has been welcomed by Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin after it was revealed a number of homes and businesses have benefited from the roll-out.

This includes Udny, Turriff and Ellon with residents now able to connect to the network.

Work is ongoing with Openreach engineers continuing work on the ground into 2019 and across Scotland with nearly 920,000 premises are now able to connect to fibre broadband through the programme.

In addition, hundreds of the latest local properties have been reached including in Newburgh, Oldmeldrum and Udny.

It means premises in the area have been connected to the most reliable and fastest residential broadband available as engineers build more Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) to help harder-to-reach homes join the digital revolution.

FTTP is capable of delivering the fastest residential broadband speeds in the UK about 23 times faster than the current UK average of 46Mbps.

Local people need to sign up for the new, faster services with an internet service provider, as upgrades are not automatic.

Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP said: “I’m delighted a number of areas in my constituency are benefiting from the broadband roll-out and I look forward to when it is completed across the board.

“Connecting homes and businesses is essential particularly in rural areas and I’m really pleased communities are able to utilise it in both their home life and in work.

“The Scottish Government is working hard to deliver the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband deployment in every local authority area during 2018 and 2019, complementing ongoing commercial build across Scotland.”