‘Hyperfast’ broadband at new Aberdeen development

An artist’s impression of the Countesswells neighbourhood plans.

The North-east’s newest town will be the first community in Scotland with access to “hyperfast” broadband, its developer has announced.

And the firm behind the £800 million Countesswells development in Aberdeen says it could be rolled out further to improve “shockingly poor” digital connectivity in the area, but only with public sector funding.

At 1 Gigabit per second, the download speed at the site of the 3,000 new homes will be the fastest available in the UK.

Countesswells Development Limited (CDL), the company established by Stewart Milne Homes to build the new town, has signed an agreement with internet service provider Grain to set up the network.

CDL project director Jim Fitzsimons said: “Digital infrastructure and broadband speeds are shockingly poor in this part of the world. Private, as well as public, sector investment is required to improve our digital connectivity.”