Kingswells Broadband Update – June 2015

Slow_sMore homes in Kingswells will be able to sign up for superfast broadband later this year. Digital Scotland has confirmed that additional works will be undertaken between October 2015 – April 2016 but has not offered any indication of areas to be included. The areas which could be connected easily are Concraig, Wellside and parts of Derbeth, essentially those homes which are connected to cabinets 19, 20, 21 & 22.

People living in the Kingswood Avenue area, part of Derbeth Grange, Fairley Road, Edmond Gardens and Whiterashes now look unlikely to be connected until later in 2016 or 2017, if at all. It would be possible to upgrade the main cabling from the Westhill exchange directly to these homes and this remains a possibility but of course it comes at a cost.

In the meantime there is an alternative available by way of satellite technology which is then re-distributed by wi-fi. Kingswells councillor Steve Delaney said, “Following a successful trial in the Derbeth area, I’ve been in touch with the company behind this initiative to establish how practical it would be to roll out the service to other parts of Kingswells”.

“The service is currently available in the Derbeth and Concraig areas (though this may also take in parts of Wellside) and I’ve asked them to look at the viability of offering connection to The Kingswood Avenue and Fairley Road areas. This is currently being looked into”.

This service is more expensive at £49 per month for a 12 Mbps connection or £90 per month for a 30 Mbps connection. As an introductory offer, Kingswells residents can sign up for £35 or £60 per month respectively for the first 6 months. Equipment and installation costs are currently £275.

If you’d like to find out more about this service, contact Aberdeen Technical Services on 01224 573601 or email:
Steve said, “For people on exchange only lines with slow connections or no connection, this may be their only option, at least in the short term”.