Thousands more Aberdeenshire residents and businesses to benefit from fibre

Thousands of residents and businesses in Aberdeenshire are set to benefit from the roll-out of full-fibre broadband.

The network, provided by Edinburgh-headquartered broadband builder and provider GoFibre, will be able to connect some 4,500 residents and businesses across the towns of Portlethen and Newtonhill, having already connected communities in Stonehaven. The firm said its network, which has the potential for gigabit speeds, was helping to tackle the digital divide.

Chief revenue officer Sam Calvert said: “Sub-standard digital connectivity across Scotland’s towns and villages, including Aberdeenshire, has long been an issue facing local communities who have been largely left behind when infrastructure upgrades have been put in place. With our construction efforts now underway, we’ll be doing everything we can to play our part in the solution, helping to tackle the digital divide and equip residents and businesses in Portlethen and Newtonhill with the tools they need to drive success and innovation, both now and in the future. We would like to thank everyone for their ongoing patience during the construction phase and we look forward to them enjoying the benefits of full fibre later this year.”

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GoFibre is the trading name for Borderlink Broadband, which was founded in 2017 in the Borders town of Duns, to address the need for faster broadband in rural areas. The company secured an investment of £164 million in early 2022 from Gresham House’s sustainable infrastructure strategy, BSIF, to accelerate its roll-out of full-fibre broadband throughout Scotland and the north of England. The company is headquartered in Edinburgh, with an engineering depot in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Broadband builder and provider GoFibre is headquartered in Edinburgh, with an engineering depot in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Picture: Jim Payne Photos

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