MORE than 550 homes and business in West Linton can now have access to high-speed fibre broadband thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. About 24,700 households have already benefitted from the ?428 million scheme in the Borders, with 45 towns and villages getting access to the service, including Peebles, Galashiels and Selkirk. And more local coverage is expected to follow as engineers from Openreach – the local network business which is part of BT Group – continue work on the ground.
West Linton residents and business owners David and Estelle Weipers say their flower business, lintonblooms.co.uk, has benefitted from the new service. David told us: “With the new fibre service I have seen a significant improvement with the amount of devices that we are able to have connected in the house at the same time. Specifically, it allows Estelle and me to be able to work from home together.”
Estelle added: “I take orders over email and via the website, therefore having fibre broadband is essential for the running of my business. The flowers are ordered from Holland so I need to have access to a fast connection to ensure that the orders are processed effectively.”
Fibre broadband offers fast connections at speeds of up to 80mbps and there are many different suppliers to choose from. Sara Budge, programme director for Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband, said: “It’s fantastic news that the programme has been able to benefit David and Estelle and many others residents and businesses in and around West Linton.”
BT is investing ?126 million in the Digital Scotland rollout.
Robert Thorburn, the company’s Fibre Broadband Director, said: “Hundreds of West Linton residents can now connect to their best ever broadband speeds when they sign up with a service provider, and we’d encourage local people to check out their options.
“It’s a highly competitive market, so people could potentially be surfing at much higher speeds at a similar cost to their current service.
Once you’ve made the switch to superfast, like David and Estelle, we’re confident you’ll never look back.”
by Reporter, 19 Apr 2017 12:40
An artist’s impression of the Countesswells neighbourhood plans.
The North-east’s newest town will be the first community in Scotland with access to “hyperfast” broadband, its developer has announced. And the firm behind the ?800 million Countesswells development in Aberdeen says it could be rolled out further to improve “shockingly poor” digital connectivity in the area, but only with public sector funding. At 1 Gigabit per second, the download speed at the site of the 3,000 new homes will be the fastest available in the UK.
Countesswells Development Limited (CDL), the company established by Stewart Milne Homes to build the new town, has signed an agreement with internet service provider Grain to set up the network.
CDL project director Jim Fitzsimons said: “Digital infrastructure and broadband speeds are shockingly poor in this part of the world.
Private, as well as public, sector investment is required to improve our digital connectivity.”
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Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce chief executive Russell Borthwick
The north-east’s newest town will be the first community in Scotland with access to “hyperfast” broadband, its developer has announced. And the firm behind the ?800million Countesswells development, in Aberdeen, says it could be rolled out further to improve “shockingly poor” digital connectivity in the area, but only with public sector funding. At 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) the download speed available at the site of the 3,000 new homes will be the fastest available in the UK.
Countesswells Development Limited (CDL) the company established by Stewart Milne Homes to build the new town, has signed an agreement with internet service provider Grain to set up the network. Ducting for the fibre network is being installed across the site as part of the major enabling infrastructure works that began last year. CDL project director Jim Fitzsimons said: “Digital infrastructure and broadband speeds are shockingly poor in this part of the world.
Private, as well as public, sector investment is required to improve our digital connectivity.
“As part of our vision to make Countesswells the most connected community in Scotland, we made the decision to install the best fibre network at the out-set. We’ve been able to install the fibre, along with the work on existing and new roads, which makes it relatively cost-effective.
“The wider region can benefit from what we’ve already done, but rolling it out more widely will require support from the public sector.”
The announcement was welcomed by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) who added their voice to calls for better broadband provision in the area. AGCC chief executive Russell Borthwick said: “This is welcome news following the recent Centre for Cities report that placed Aberdeen as 64th out of 64 UK cities in terms of our ultrafast broadband and the fact that we don’t even feature in the Tech Nation 2017 study.
“The public and private sectors must work together to provide the connectivity we need to deliver our ambitious economic diversification plans and it is encouraging to see the forward-thinking and innovative partnership that has been created at Countesswells.”
Grain managing director Rich Robinson said the company would look into ways of improving broadband services at nearby Kingswells once the new town network was complete.
“Ultimately, our hyperfast broadband could be accessible right across the city,” he added.
Jennifer Craw, chief executive of Opportunity North East, welcomed the news, said improving digital infrastructure was “key to the future success of the region’s economy.”