More than 160,000 homes and businesses in the Highlands and Islands are now part
of the high speed fibre broadband network.
Residents in more than 230 towns and villages in the region can access the benefits
of high speed services following the £146 million investment in a next generation
broadband network for the region.
When added to commercial roll-out, the total number of homes with access to fibre
in the region is 205,000 - around 84% of all premises.
Rural broadband roll-out in Highlands and Islands reaching further says HIE
15 June 2017
The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband contract, being led by Highlands and Islands
Enterprise and delivered on the ground by BT Openreach, has passed its original coverage
Coverage is expected to reach 86% of premises by April next year.
Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, said: ““The
Highlands and Islands project is one of the most challenging broadband infrastructure
roll-outs in Europe.
“When it started only 4% of the region’s premises could access
next generation broadband.
“Every day roll-out reaches increasingly remote communities and smaller and smaller
groups of homes, including locations like the island of Scalpay in the Outer Hebrides,
and villages like Lonmore and Roskhill in Skye.”
“The Scottish Government is committed
to delivering 100% superfast broadband access across Scotland by 2021 and plans are
currently being developed to ensure that this is the case. During the summer months
our existing programme will continue to advance across the country, bringing high
speed broadband to new rural communities.”
Stuart Robertson, director of digital at HIE, said: “The Highlands and Islands project’s
target was to reach just over 155,000 premises. We’re delighted that the project
has passed this target and we are going further.”