Lewis broadband tests promis­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

THE RE­MOTE com­mu­nity of North Tol­sta on the Isle of Lewis is the first in Scot­land to test a new tech­nol­ogy to in­crease the speed of fi­bre broadband over long phone­lines.

Around 20 house­holds in the Outer He­brides vil­lage have been iden­ti­fied to take part in the tech­nol­ogy test – known as a proof of con­cept (PoC) – by Open­reach, BT’s lo­cal net­work busi­ness.

The tech­nol­ogy, known as Long Reach VDSL, was de­ployed in the past few days and ini­tial re­sults are en­cour­ag­ing, with most house­holds see­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­creases in their fi­bre broadband speeds.

The vil­lage – pop­u­lar with surfers thanks to its long, sandy beach – was cho­sen due to its re­mote­ness and that fact its fi­bre cab­i­net sup­ports a clus­ter of long lines.

Broadband speeds can re­duce over sig­nif­i­cant dis­tances and Open­reach is keen to find a so­lu­tion to that chal­lenge.

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