Ul­tra­fast boost for re­mote vil­lages

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TWO re­mote com­mu­ni­ties have among the fastest broad­band in Scot­land through a unique part­ner­ship with dig­i­tal net­work busi­ness Open­reach.

Full-fi­bre ca­bles are live in Alt­na­harra, Suther­land, where around 60 house­holds and busi­nesses can now order broad­band ser­vices with speeds of up to 330Mbps.

The first ul­tra­fast fi­bre ser­vices have also gone live in Sk­er­ray, Suther­land, and Open­reach en­gi­neers will con­tinue work over the next few weeks to reach more house­holds in Sk­er­ray and Alt­na­harra.

As part of the pi­lot schemes, lo­cals and work­ers from the Alt­na­harra Es­tate helped to dig in around 4,800 me­tres of ca­ble.

Un­til now, due to the high costs of bring­ing faster broad­band to re­mote ar­eas, many vil­lagers have been mak­ing do with some of Scot­land’s slow­est con­nec­tions of around 0.5Mbps.

Res­i­dents say the new ul­tra­fast ser­vice has al­ready brought huge ben­e­fits.

Becy Robertson, man­ager of Alt­na­harra Ho­tel, said: “Our book­ing process has im­proved dra­mat­i­cally, as we can now up­date on­line avail­abil­ity in real time when we take reser­va­tions over the phone.”

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