North East broadband years behind UK average

Download speeds in homes across the North East are falling short of the Scottish Governments super-fast (24mps) targets for 2018 and 2021 with many areas 3 years behind the rest of the country.

A study of average download speeds by postcode sector, by and bought to light by the Evening Express this week, shows that even the fastest areas only reach average speeds of 22mps. Most communities with an Aberdeen postcode are reported to have average speeds of 15mps or less, with some parts of rural Aberdeenshire in the single figures.   


A report published in August 2013 by the same organisation states that the Scottish average download speed at the time was around 16mps, with the UK as a whole at around the same figure. While Ofcom’s 2016 Connected Nations publication highlights that average speeds in Scotland were around 27mps in 2015 and 35mps in 2016.   


North East MSP Mike Rumbles said: “The Scottish Government have promised to deliver superfast broadband to every home in Scotland by 2021. If these figures are correct it seems they are heading for another failure.


“A good internet connection is no longer an option, it’s a necessity. More and more people use it as the main way of keeping in touch with family and friends and without good telecommunications our businesses and growing industries can’t access local, national and global markets.


“We haven’t seen anything like the level of investment we need in the North East if we want to get up to speed by the end of the decade. It is all very well to say that the infrastructure is in place to deliver these speeds but what matters is the actual download speed in our homes and businesses.”


John Latham Councillor for Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford added: “Most people won’t be surprised to hear that Aberdeenshire has slower average download speeds than other parts of the country, especially in our rural communities.


“The vast majority of investment comes from BT’s commercial roll out and Broadband Development UK funding and we’ve seen little to no evidence that the Scottish Government target of 100% coverage by 2021 will be delivered.


“Many people and businesses depend on good communications and links to others through the internet and many websites now require decent download speeds to be able to access them properly. It can be extremely frustrating, at home or work, when every click is followed by a lengthy wait.”




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