Local News for Thursday 27th December 2018
ULTRAFAST BROADBAND COMING TO NEW WESTERN ISLES HOMES
New Housing developments the Western Isles will be among the best connected in Scotland, with access to reliable ultrafast broadband.
Openreach is working with local developers to build full fibre networks direct to dozens of new homes in Shetland, Orkney and Stornoway here on the Isle of Lewis.
Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) offers greater capacity, more reliability and is capable of broadband speeds of up to 1 giga bytes per second – around 22 times faster than the current UK average of 46.2Mbps.
Openreach is building on the core fibre infrastructure put in place by the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project, led in the area by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Full-fibre for 50 new premises at Sandwick by Stornoway will follow soon, with 1,275 metres of core fibre spine already in place to serve the site.
Openreach has been working closely with local developers – including Calmax Construction here on Lewis – to make sure the future-proof, ultrafast infrastructure goes in with the bricks to enable smooth network delivery.