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6 March 2020

MSP's Delight as More Homes in Peterhead go Digital

Stewart Stevenson MSP has welcomed figures that more than 2,200 homes and businesses in Peterhead can now access fibre broadband through the £463 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) rollout - and nearly two in three have already connected.

They’re among 86,000 homes and businesses reached by the DSSB programme in Aberdeenshire, where take-up of services across the new network now stands at more than 60 per cent.

Openreach engineers have used a mix of technologies in the town, offering residents mainly superfast and some ultrafast broadband speeds. Local people can check what services are now available to them at https://www.scotlandsuperfast.com/.

Across Aberdeenshire, the DSSB rollout has recently reached more homes in places like King Edward, Fyvie, Portsoy and Turriff. Some of the latest premises passed in Peterhead can now connect to the most reliable and fastest residential broadband available as engineers build more full-fibre networks to harder-to-reach homes.

Welcoming the news Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“It is great news that the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme has reached more places including Peterhead.

“Faster broadband is great news for both residents and businesses alike who use the internet during day-to-day work or for pleasure after the working day is finished.

“It’s fantastic that 60 per cent of the homes and businesses which are eligible for an upgrade have chosen to do so, and I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t yet made the move to check if they could get a faster service.”

Sara Budge, DSSB Programme Director, said:

“Thanks to the £463 million programme more businesses and homes are able to access fibre broadband technology, resulting in a better online experience.

“Just remember upgrades are not automatic, so do shop around for the best deal which suits your needs at www.scotlandsuperfast.com/yourstreet.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Suzanne Robertson said: “Aberdeenshire Council is proud to have supported the roll-out of broadband connectivity across the area, contributing £16 million to the Digital Scotland programme which has now enabled more than 86,000 homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire to access fibre services.

“We are continuing to invest in improving digital connections and resilience through the City Region Deal Full Fibre programme and through our support for initiatives to bring 5G mobile services to more rural parts of Aberdeenshire. All of this supports our wider goals to make Aberdeenshire a great location for businesses to invest and thrive.”

Robert Thorburn, Partnership Director for Openreach in Scotland, added:

“It’s great to visit somewhere steeped in Peterhead’s maritime past to celebrate its digital future.

“The Digital Scotland rollout, coupled with commercial investment, means that the vast majority of local homes and businesses are now within reach of a fast fibre broadband service. I’d encourage residents and business people to make sure they’re up to speed.

“Organisations can use better connections to increase online audiences, sell services and generate bookings while businesses can manage day-to-day operations more efficiently using cloud services.

“Take-up rates in Peterhead and across Aberdeenshire are healthy, but there’s still plenty of capacity available in the local network. People have nothing to lose by upgrading – and may have a lot to gain.”

Research has suggested that every £1 of public investment in fibre broadband in Scotland is delivering almost £12 of benefits to the Scottish economy. The independent report commissioned by DSSB and undertaken by consultants Analysys Mason estimates the total benefit from the investment as £2.76 billion over 15 years.

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