Broadband boost for Highlands businesses

Broadband boost for Highlands businesses

Over 115,000 homes and businesses across the Highlands and Islands have received a major boost after being connected to superfast broadband.

And work is to begin over the next six months to add to the growing number of locations where services are live as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project.

New areas now seeing roll-out for the first time include Symbister in Shetland, Scourie in NW Sutherland, Benbecula on the Outer Hebrides, many parts of Skye, additional areas in Arran, Port Ellen on Islay and Glenlivet in Moray.

Stuart Robertson, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) director of digital, said: “It’s great to see the fibre cabinets coming through in more and more locations across the region.

“We are seeing increasingly smaller communities drawn in and are tackling some challenging geographies to reach people.

“Most recent places to see coverage include Weisdale in Shetland which now boasts the UK’s most northerly cabs, Helmsdale in Sutherland, and the first locations in Arran and Millport.”

To benefit from the faster connection speeds when they are available, residents need to sign up for a fibre service with their chosen provider, as upgrades aren’t automatic.

Customers can find out if services are available on the checker at www.hie.co.ukwhereandwhen