Banchory residents can now enjoy superfast broadband speeds thanks to the £410M Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnership.
Homes and businesses in 35 locations ranging from Macduff and Banchory and from Dyce to Culter can now access fibre broadband services at speeds of up to 80Mbps through the Digital Scotland rollout.
The latest locations to be connected come after Digital Scotland announcements earlier this year promised fibre optic broadband in spring 2015.
Fibre optic broadband is now live in Bieldside, Culter, Aboyne, Banchory, Drumoak and Rhynie. Insch and Huntly are also now live with superfast speeds available.
More people will be able to connect in the months ahead as engineers from BT’s local network business, Openreach, press ahead with the roll-out across the country.
Fibre broadband enables multiple users to access the internet, download and share large files at the same time.
Depute First Minister John Swinney said: “The rollout of superfast broadband will allow more households in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to connect to fibre broadband services for the first time, as well as giving businesses the opportunity to enhance their services.
“We are still in the early stages, but already thousands of Scottish homes and businesses are able to take advantage and sign up. They simply wouldn’t have had access to high-speed technology without this ambitious partnership project.”
The speeds of up to 80Mbps are the top wholesale speeds available to all service providers; speeds offered by service providers may vary.
Brendan Dick, director of BT Scotland said: “It’s really a remarkable achievement to see fibre broadband services already reaching 150,000 homes and business premises in more than 120 communities, including more than 10,000 in Aberdeen City and 19,000 in the surrounding area.”