BT has finished its undersea rollout of broadband to the remote Highlands and Islands area of Scotland. This involved laying 250km of undersea fibre between various islands. An image at the bottom of the page shows the cable locations.
The project, which cost £26.9m, is part of the wider £146m Digital Highlands and Islands rollout and its completion means that 150,000 premises will be able to access services with speeds of up to 80Mbps by the end of 2015.
French company Orange Marine started laying the 20 connections in the summer using its ship, the Rene Descartes (pictured above and below).
The longest subsea connection stretches the 50 miles from Ullapool to Stornoway, while the shortest is a one-mile cable between Ardgour on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and Onich, south of Fort William.
Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, told V3 the rollout should have a major impact on the area when it is all finally completed during 2015, by helping ensure thousands of people are able to benefit from online services.
"This brings a real opportunity to encourage organisations to invest in the Highlands and Islands and for new businesses to grow," he said.
Dick added that BT had been reliant on the weather allowing the work to proceed, which thankfully had proved the case.
“If we had not got this done in 2014 then it would have knocked things back as it would have meant the ship had to come back next year and so forth, so the fact we have got it completed is great.”
Digital Economies minster Ed Vaizey welcomed the project's completion as proof that efforts to bring broadband to the remotest parts of the UK were paying off.
"The completion of the subsea work is a major milestone which will mean that island communities are not left behind as we continue to transform the digital landscape of Scotland," he said.
The project follows on from the recent switch-on of services in the Isles of Scilly, in the far south west of the UK, which also involved extensive undersea cabling work.
The image below shows the locations of the undersea cables.
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