Alasdair Allan commented: “This technology has obvious implications for the rollout
of superfast broadband across the Western Isles. It’s good news that Eriskay is one
of the first communities to take part in this commercial pilot.
“Despite the fact that broadband is an issue reserved to Westminster, the Scottish
Government has invested a huge amount of money in ensuring superfast broadband reaches
the Hebrides. HIE now believe that 76% of island properties should be able to access
fibre by the end of the year.
“While progress that has been made, I am regularly contacted by constituents who
are frustrated with their current internet speeds or who live in an area which has
been upgraded but they find themselves more than a mile away from the cabinet.
“If successful, I hope this technology can help other communities across the Isles
access the superfast broadband they so critically need.”
Allan welcomes Eriskay fibre broadband trial
22 May 2017
Isles SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed Eriskay being chosen as one of two places
in Scotland for a scheme to trial fibre broadband over long distances.
The technology, known as Long Reach VDSL, was previously tested in North Tolsta last
year by BT Openreach.
Broadband speeds reduce significantly the further away households are from the nearest
cabinet and this technology aims to address this challenge.