Well­con­nected: Es­tate­m­an­ager­no­longer­has­towait­un­til­night­tosende-mails

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Alt­na­harra’s re­mote lo­ca­tion meant un­til very re­cently that es­tate man­ager Pi­eter Bakker was man­ag­ing day-to-day busi­ness with a su­per-slow 0.4Mbps in­ter­net con­nec­tion.

He said: “The dif­fer­ence the fast con­nec­tion has made is mas­sive. I can down­load and up­load doc­u­ments and forms from web­sites, like the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Ru­ral Pay­ments and In­spec­tions Di­vi­sion and Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage, and send e-mails in sec­onds.

“It’s made all kinds of on­line pa­per­work easier – pre­vi­ously I’d spend hours try­ing then check­ing to see if my mes­sage or form had even­tu­ally been sent . . . of­ten not. De­spite hav­ing two sep­a­rate con­nec­tions, no-one else could be on­line at the same time as it would to­tally grind to a halt, which of­ten meant work­ing at night.

“Now I can check things like weather fore­casts and river lev­els in­stantly.

“We’re also in­stalling high-speed con­nec­tions into the lodge and two hol­i­day cot­tages on the es­tate – it’s al­ways one of the main ques­tions asked when our guests ar­rive.

“It means our busi­ness guests will be able to keep in touch with their busi­nesses, and it will also be very pop­u­lar with any em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies. The ar­rival of high-speed broad­band has truly changed our fu­ture in Alt­na­harra.”

RE­MOTE USERS: Pi­eter Bakker at work on Alt­na­harra Es­tate with son Scott. Pre­vi­ously only one fam­ily mem­ber could go on­line at a time

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