More North-east communities can now get fibre broadband through a £428 million rollout.
The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme has now reached places including New Byth, Clola, Durno and North Water Bridge for the first time.
The high-speed fibre network has also expanded in other communities such as Crimond, Catterline, Gardenstown and Kemnay.
Scottish Government Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Once again it is very positive news knowing that more premises than ever before now have fibre broadband available to them.
“However, these upgrades are not automatic.
“I would encourage more people to check whether they are eligible on the DSSB website and contact a service provider of their choice to start receiving faster broadband.
“I am not complacent – I am aware that those who do not have access are at a disadvantage and our job is not done until everyone is connected.”