Digital Upgrades Live in Aberdeenshire as part of Scottish Government’s £600m reaching 100% programme

23/11/2023
Engineers at work on the R100 contracts which will bring ultrafast, full fibre broadband to more than 114,000 of Scotland’s hardest-to-reach homes and businesses.

AROUND 3,800 households and businesses in Aberdeenshire can now access improved broadband speeds through the Scottish Government’s ambitious £600 million Reaching 100% program. The initiative aims to bring enhanced connectivity to some of Scotland’s most challenging-to-reach locations, with full-fibre technology now available to approximately 40,000 properties across the country.

The Reaching 100% (R100) rollout has recently extended its coverage to include areas such as Insch, Inverbervie, Kintore, and Monymusk, benefitting around 3,800 households and businesses. Openreach engineers, in collaboration with build partners, are actively working on the ground to expand coverage, with upcoming upgrades planned for addresses in Laurencekirk and additional homes in Old Rayne, Oldmeldrum, and Pitcaple.

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Full-fibre broadband, a key component of the R100 program, offers speeds that are over 30 times faster than the Scottish Government’s original commitment to make superfast services available to properties with existing connections of less than 30 Megabits per second (Mbps). The enhanced connectivity is vital for transforming the digital infrastructure of these communities, supporting economic growth, and enhancing the overall well-being of residents.

Residents and businesses can check if their address is part of the R100 rollout and register for updates on the official Openreach website. The registrations help Openreach plan the rollout more effectively, and once full-fibre becomes available, individuals can arrange for their service to be upgraded through their chosen service provider.

Scottish Government Innovation Minister Richard Lochhead highlighted the significance of the R100 contracts, stating, “The R100 contracts are delivering future-proofed digital infrastructure that will underpin economic growth and enhance the economic prospects of communities across Scotland, for decades to come.”

The introduction of full-fibre broadband provides more reliable, resilient, and future-proof connections, catering to the growing demands for data across multiple devices. It is expected to significantly benefit online activities, such as streaming, online gaming, and supporting businesses with improved productivity, efficiency, and security.

Robert Thorburn, Openreach partnership director for Scotland, emphasised the complexity of the R100 program and the collaborative efforts involved. He stated, “It’s a once-in-a-generation build which will give Scotland’s least connected premises access to the best, most reliable broadband around.”

The ongoing R100 program is a substantial investment in Scotland’s digital infrastructure, aiming to bridge the connectivity gap and ensure that even the most challenging-to-reach locations benefit from high-speed broadband.

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