Su­per­fast picks up the speed at last

The Oban Times - - News 3 -

PO­TEN­TIAL BT cus­tomers in Oban and Lorn are likely to be wait­ing some time yet for su­per­fast broad­band ser­vices.

The roll- out of the pro­gramme was due to be fin­ished last year, but de­lays have meant that the ser­vice has just started in Oban.

A BT in­sider told the Oban Times that the prob­lem lay in the fact that con­trac­tors re­ceived pay­ment from the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment when­ever they in­stalled a net­work cab­i­net, which meant there was no ur­gency to run ca­bles to con­nect residential users to the broad­band net­work.

He said: ‘The to­pog­ra­phy of the area made it al­most im­pos­si­ble in places to easily lay the ca­ble.’

How­ever, a spokesman for BT said the pro­gramme was back on track: ‘The pro­gramme is mak­ing good progress in Ar­gyll and Bute with more than 6,000 homes and busi­nesses now able to ac­cess next gen­er­a­tion broad­band.

‘In Oban, BT engi­neers have de­liv­ered, through the Dig­i­tal Scot­land Su­per­fast Broad­band pro­gramme with High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise, ac­cess for more than 1,100 homes and busi­nesses. Fur­ther cov­er­age in Oban is planned for later in the year through BT’s com­mer­cial de­ploy­ment.

‘In Taynuilt, we have faced some chal­lenges with get­ting the fi­bre to the vil­lage, and in Con­nel there have been dis­cus­sions with the com­mu­nity about putting the cab­i­net in the best lo­ca­tion.

‘ When we start build­ing in spe­cific ar­eas, these kinds of tech­ni­cal prob­lems can emerge, and it means it can take a bit longer to de­liver the new net­works.

‘ We’re do­ing our best to sort out any dif­fi­cul­ties and we an­tic­i­pate ser­vices should come through dur­ing the next six months.’

Cus­tomers can visit www.hie. co.uk/ where­and­when to keep up to date on the roll- out.

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