Ultrafast boost for remote villages
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.”