New Aberdeen development to get 'hyperfast' broadband fix

Wednesday, April 19th 2017

The Countesswells development in Aberdeen claims to be the first community in Scotland to get 'hyperfast' broadband, capable of 1Gbps download speeds. The Countesswells Development Limited (CDL) is the Stewart Milne Homes company building the town in the north-east, at a cost of £800 million, on a site with 3,000 new homes and various spaces for business or schools.

CDL has signed an agreement with a little known ISP, Grain, to build and maintain the Gigabit network for them, claimed to be the fastest in UK. The ducting for the cable are being installed across the development, where infrastructure works started last year.

The Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce welcomed the announcement, as they had lent their voice to calls for a better broadband provision for the region. Its chief executive, Russell Borthwick, welcomed the news. This follows the recent report of Centre for Cities placing Aberdeen, out of the 64 cities in UK, on the 64rh slot, in terms of ultrafast broadband, despite not being featured in the Tech Nation study, he pointed out.

The managing director of ISP Grain, Rich Robinson, remarked that the company, once the new town network was finished, is looking at ways to improve broadband services at Kingswell nearby.

Jim Fitzsimons, project director of CDL, said that private and public investment is needed to improve digital connectivity and broadband speeds, that are shockingly poor in these parts. He added that it is their vision to make Countesswells in Scotland as the most connected community in the country.

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