Portlethen surfers prepare to net superfast broadband

INTERNET users in Portlethen will notice a change in their speeds as superfast broadband is rolled out in the area.

High-speed fibre broadband is now available to the first homes and businesses in Portlethen.

More than 3270 homes and businesses in the community are joining the high-speed revolution as engineers complete the local investment in the coming weeks.

Users in Stonehaven are also set to benefit from the speedy broadband.

There are plans to upgrade to superfast broadband in the town later this year while users in Laurencekirk are already benefitting from the faster speeds as 1510 homes there were upgraded at the beginning of the year.

BT is set to announce further UK locations in the coming months that will benefit from its commercial roll out of fibre broadband. The company is also seeking to work in partnership with the Scottish Government and its agencies to reach parts of the country that lie outside its commercial footprint.

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “This is more good news for Aberdeen and Porthlethen which will bring a welcome boost for the local communities concerned.

“Research suggests that within 15 years fibre broadband could bolster the economy of a typical town by £143 million and create 225 new jobs, 140 new start-up businesses and 1,000 more homeworkers1.

“As more than a million UK households and businesses have already discovered, fibre broadband opens up a whole new world to internet users. Whatever you’re doing online, you can do it better and faster with fibre. It’s great for education, shopping, entertainment, the social networking we now carry out routinely online and it also offers huge benefits for businesses and public services.

“The arrival of fibre in Aberdeen and Portlethen can really help local firms in these economically- challenging times, opening up new ways of working and speeding up vital operations, such as file and data transfers, conferencing and computer back-up, all of which may also help cut costs.”

BT’s fibre footprint currently passes more than 13 million UK homes and businesses. It is expanding all the time and is now due to pass two-thirds of UK premises – around 19 million premises – during Spring 2014, at least 18 months ahead of the original timetable.

For further information on Openreach’s fibre broadband programme visit www.superfast-openreach.co.uk