Better broadband for one small part of Scotland
Broadband Extension Technology (BET) has been available from Openreach for a while and while it does not provide much beyond the bare minimum to meet the current 2015 Universal Service Commitment, it will be a significant improvement for businesses and consumers who can see speeds jump from under 1 Mbps to 2 Mega bits per second.
The Donside Piper and Herald has some more detail on how eleven locations spread across the glen are getting better broadband through a £10,336 grant via the Cairngorms EU Leader Project. The area according to Ofcom postcode data was getting just 1.2 Mbps previously, so if Ofcom update this data they source from broadband providers we may see in time how much the various options for improving broadband speeds actually improve the situation around the UK. Properties on the Ballogie Estate have also benefited from a similar project delivering eight more BET connections.
BET has been an option for sometime and works by installing hardware in the copper local loop, extending the range of ADSL services from 5km to around 12km. A newer option is the use of Broadband Regenerators which act as digital repeaters for perhaps eight telephone lines, with speeds depending on how far into the copper network they are deployed. BET and regenerators can be best described as a way of patching up the network but these may prove to be the only viable option based on the funding levels available.