Faster broadband

BT have announced that faster broadband is now available to almost 68,500 more homes and businesses in Scotland, including more than 9,140 in Aberdeenshire.

Eighteen Scottish communities, including 1,840 home and businesses in Inverbervie, are the latest places to benefit from upgrades as part of the roll-out of BT’s next generation broadband service delivered over copper lines.

The BT investment will make available download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second (Mbps) – more than double the fastest speed previously available from BT.

The faster broadband is now available to 1.6 million Scottish premises, including 65,740 in Aberdeenshire. By next Spring, almost 80 per cent of homes and businesses in Scotland will be served by an exchange which has been upgraded to deliver these higher speeds. The new service is available on an open, wholesale basis to all companies providing broadband.

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “I very much welcome this latest announcement from BT. It is essential that households and businesses everywhere in Scotland have access to high-speed connectivity to enable our economy to thrive.

“The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that a world class digital infrastructure is in place across Scotland by 2020 and that a significant increase in coverage has been achieved by 2015. This investment, along with significant investment by the public sector, will ensure that this ambition is achieved.”

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Councillor Peter Argyle, said: “This is great news from BT. I very much welcome the announcement that another 9,140 homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire are now able to take advantage of a technology which will play a key role in our economic growth and future development.”

Vice-chair of the committee, Councillor Alan S. Buchan, said: “More than ever, high speed communications are crucial in the fast-moving and changing world that we work and live in and I’m looking forward to the benefits this faster broadband will bring to these communities.”

BT Scotland director Brendan Dick said: “Faster broadband will deliver important benefits for people across Scotland, whether they are running a business, working or studying from home, doing the weekly shop online, downloading films and TV programmes or keeping in touch with friends and family around the world. It can all be done better using faster broadband.”