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Rest of Scotland project starts to deliver live cabinets

Congratulations to those residents in Kirkton of Skene in Aberdeenshire, you have the claim to fame of hosting the first fibre cabinet to go live as part of the 'Rest of Scotland' project under the Digital Scotland umbrella. The project (in conjunction with the Highlands and Islands project) has a lesser target than the rest of the UK, aiming to just get 85% of premises across Scotland with access to a fibre based service. This lower target probably being a reflection of expected difficulties in reaching the remoter villages of Scotland.

The cabinet that has gone live is cabinet 10, which is on the edge of the car park by the Red Star Inn in Kirkton of Skene so should provide good speeds to many people. Looking across the whole exchange area (cabinet is part of the Aberdeen Kingswells exchange) this is the first cabinet to go live on the exchange and we estimate that once all the likely cabinets are live superfast coverage will be in the 55% to 70% range. This is low because of the amount of TPON and Exchange Only (EO) connections (~15% of lines on the exchange) and while we believe some EO is to be dealt with under the project, we have heard nothing about the old TPON area of the exchange. It may be that these areas need to wait for Scotland to plan and start implementing the next part of the project, i.e. 95% fibre based coverage for some point in 2017/2018.

While there seems to be a negative feel about this announcement, a good few thousand are going to see superfast speeds via the work by the project in the area and there are signs of some FTTP possibly to the industrial estate around the AB32 6JQ postcode area.

At least by getting cabinet 10 up and running first one of the existing slow areas (we see speeds of 1 to 2.5 Mbps) has been addressed. A common complaint is that the broadband projects are not addressing the slow areas first so cabinet 10 ticks that box.


Funny, Kingswells had its RFS date pushed back 30 days to the end of June just this weekend !!!

Although the exchange is named Kingswells it is in the neighbouring village of Westhill.

Due to the new part of Kingswells being beyond ADSL range many many moons ago we got 4 green cabinets with DSLAM (as did somewhere in England). Wonder how that'll work with fibre.


  • bmclark
  • over 6 years ago

The TPON cabinets can have a fibre twin added that intercepts the copper part that runs to the premises.

I thought most of the TPON had had a copper overlay installed to allow ADSL2+ too.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 6 years ago

I suspect the distances involved ruled out a copper overlay.

I get 5.7 up-load (BT Wholesale suggests "up to 8" on ADSL Max). My next door neighbour gets 6.7 after changing to my ISP a few months ago.

  • bmclark
  • over 6 years ago

And therein lies the crunch, and all that is wrong with BDUK. Worst still, the lackies in Edinburgh follow the money. It is the last 15% who should be done first, not the 85%!! And when all this is finished, I would like to see how many people actually get decent speeds, as I suspect the longer than usual copper runs will severely hamper this FTTC rollout.

  • swansea04
  • over 6 years ago

New KIngswells resident here. Battling with TPON BT/Sky/PlusNet all telling me its not possible to get better than 0.5Mbps....anyone know who can help.....???

  • s11dex
  • over 4 years ago

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