Broadband News

First cabinet goes live in Superfast Scotland partnership

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.


"This first cabinet has a footprint of 400 premises" - ok, leaving aside all the 'footprint' rubbish and 'homes passed' mantra and getting down to facts, how many connections that will sync at 24mb+ are available in this cabinet out of the 400?

  • mikejp
  • over 6 years ago

If someone tells me its location then I can figure it out.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 6 years ago

Most of the lines in the centre of BUCKIE can receive pretty good speeds on Adsl according to the BT website but ecerytine I try a different telephone number from around the village I can't seem to find one that shows it is ready to order FTTC, but I did see a article saying customers will be able to order it in the next few weeks so it makes me think they haven't updated the database of telephone numbers/addresses that can get this fibre service. Give it a week or two an some people will probably know cab number, location and amount of people that it serves.

  • Unknown101
  • over 6 years ago

When I was 13, I caught a 3lb 2oz Rock Cod in Buckie harbour, much to the disgust of the grown-up locals. No broadband stories, Buckie or otherwise.

There are three cabinets in the Buckie main crossroads (Cluny Sq, outside the Cluny Hotel), where all the shops are. Not sure if any are telecoms, or what age the street-view imagery is.

Failing that, there's a black cabinet on the street to the WSW, opposite the first right-turn. Again, old images probably.

  • camieabz
  • over 6 years ago

I believe cab 7 has the honour.

  • ribble
  • over 6 years ago

Yes cab 7 does have FTTC, just checked a local house and it's ready for ordering with full speeds 78/20 but it doesn't look too rural, although it is a small town. This house can get 16 downstream on ADSL according to BT

  • Unknown101
  • over 6 years ago

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