Residents and businesses around one cabinet in the town of Buckie can now order FTTC based broadband. This cabinet is the first one from the Scottish project to improve broadband speeds and while the old aim was 85% superfast coverage by the end of 2015, the project has adopted the UK wide mantra of superfast broadband for 95% though is quoting a timeline of 2017/2018.
"Today marks an important milestone for the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnership and for the people of Buckie who are the first in Scotland to benefit from this service.
It’s fantastic news that local households and businesses will now see the benefits of high quality digital connectivity.
The scale of the challenge of delivering fibre broadband into rural Scotland outstrips any other part of the UK.
This is one of the most ambitious broadband infrastructure projects ever to have been undertaken and will see 95% of premises in Scotland covered by 2017/18.
This is an important step towards ensuring that Scotland has world-class digital connectivity by 2020. Our investment, and that of our partners in the project, will extend access to superfast broadband across Scotland. This will be a key factor in ensuring Scotland’s long-term economic prosperity.Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
This first cabinet has a footprint of 400 premises, and with further cabinets due very soon this should increase to 5,300 premises, though we suspect this includes those premises on longer lines who may not see superfast speeds. Current ADSL/ADSL2+ speeds give the area a median speed of 10.8 Mbps which means the area is actually doing pretty good already. Even a median hides the fact that there are some ~68 postcodes with speeds below 2 Mbps.
The best way to show how areas that are gaining better broadband are improving or not is through the combined public and private investment is to run our speed test and by providing a postcode you can stick a pin in our map.