ALLAN WELCOMES FIBRE TO ISLANDS
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, has warmly welcomed the announcement that high-speed fibre broadband is now live for 3,600 premises in the Stornoway and Tong areas of the Isle of Lewis.
This is the first stage of a project which aims to have at least 70% of premises in the Western Isles connected to superfast broadband by the end of next year. Work is already underway to ensure that the remaining households in the islands receive a better connection too.
This is part of a £146 million investment of public money to improve broadband throughout the Highlands and Islands Enterprise, being taken forward by HIE and others, with work on the ground being carried out by BT Openreach. The project has seen engineers laying around 400km of subsea cables in the biggest sub-sea engineering project ever undertaken by BT in the UK.
Speaking from the announcement in Stornoway today, Alasdair Allan commented:
“It’s fantastic news that more and more communities across the Western Isles will soon begin to see the benefits of high quality digital connectivity. The Scottish Government has recognised there have been major problems with our geography which has hindered broadband connectivity in the past. This has inevitably impacted on the quality of people’s lives and handicapped the local economy.
“Today’s announcement that 3,600 homes are now enabled for Fibre Optic Broadband is a huge first step forward in eradicating these problems. We would not have seen this take place on the commercial market without the huge investment the Scottish Government and others have provided to overcome these challenges.
“The next challenge, and one I continue to discuss with HIE, is to ensure that we see broadband speeds improve in other areas where superfast broadband is not yet scheduled, and to minimise, as time goes on the number of households who have to rely on wireless and other solutions.”
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