The Oban Times - - Districts -

HIGH- SPEED broad­band has ar­rived on the small is­land of Scal­pay.

A wire­less link is pro­vid­ing ac­cess to the same main­stream fi­bre-based ser­vices as is avail­able on the main­land, with­out the need for sub­sea ca­bling.

Wire­less to the cabi­net tech­nol­ogy has been in­stalled as part of the Dig­i­tal Scot­land su­per­fast broad­band project, which is a £146 mil­lion in­vest­ment rolling out fi­bre-based ser­vices across the High­lands and Is­lands.

To bring su­per­fast ser­vices to many parts of Scal­pay, a ra­dio mast with dishes has been in­stalled by engi­neers from Open­reach, the lo­cal net­work busi­ness which is part of BT Group, at North Har­bour. The dishes send and re­ceive ra­dio sig­nals from a site at Sun­ny­hill more than 6km away at Tar­bert, in Har­ris. These sig­nals are then re­layed to green cab­i­nets which serve the lo­cal homes and busi­nesses. There are two on Scal­pay, one at the ex­change and the other at Ou­tend.

For peo­ple us­ing broad­band on the is­land, it will be ex­actly the same as if they were con­nected up to ca­bled fi­bre cab­i­nets used in towns and vil­lages across Scot­land. The in­crease in speed and sub­se­quent ben­e­fits are ex­actly the same. Cus­tomers’ premises are con­nected up to the broad­band cabi­net us­ing phone lines so there is no need for any spe­cial dish equip­ment in the home or busi­ness

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