Superfast broadband arrives in the Shire

Woodhill House, Aberdeen.
Woodhill House, Aberdeen.

Aberdeenshire Council has welcomed the first stage roll out of the publicly-funded fibre optic cable infrastructure which will see more than 5,200 homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire benefiting from superfast broadband.

More than 4,800 premises in Westhill and Kintore will receive high speed technology for the first time, while nearly 400 premises in Inverurie will be connected by building upon existing fibre broadband, as part of the £410 million Digital Scotland partnership. Nearly 1,000 more premises in Kingswells, which fall within the Aberdeen City boundary, are also benefiting from the scheme.

Improved digital connectivity will make it easier for residents to access public services and interact with public agencies which are moving towards a “digital by default” method of delivering their services.

The fibre-based services are expected to be live and available to residents of the three communities by the end of July 2014

More announcements on the Digital Connectivity project will be made in the coming months as technical and financial modelling and survey work is completed.

Council Leader, Councillor Jim Gifford, said: “This is fantastic news for the residents of Westhill, Kintore and Inverurie who will greatly benefit from improved broadband speeds in the way they access a whole range of information including public services.

“The council places a high priority on improving digital connectivity and reducing the digital divide in Aberdeenshire and has made the largest financial contribution of any local authority in the UK to help make this happen.”

Residents and businesses in Westhill, Inverurie and Kintore are being encouraged to enquire about the coverage and improved services which fibre optic cable infrastructure can offer, as increased speed and bandwidth will improve people’s ability to access video based content, enhance the speed of electronic transactions and downloads and increase the attractiveness of the internet for research, education or social media purposes.

Aberdeenshire’s communities are among more than 39,000 homes and businesses in 37 locations across the country which will be able to access high-speed fibre broadband services.