While some parts of the UK are embracing fixed wireless services, the Isles of Scilly has moved onto the next stage by diverting a section of undersea fibre optic cable to improve the backhaul capability for the 2,200 residents (around 900 premises). The reason for the improved backhaul is that FTTC is due to be rolled out across the islands with the service going live towards the end of 2014. The fibre cable was one that has not been used since 2006 and was previously part of a 938km link between Porthcurno and Santander, Spain.
The islands are served by seven telephone cabinets with up to 8 Mbps ADSL available from the single telephone exchange on St Mary's, which is where 4 of the 7 telephone cabinets are. The other three cabinets are located on Tresco, St Agnes and St Martins. We could produce a projection of what speeds are available, but the islands are so remote that there is no Google Streetview to confirm the location of the cabinets.
"Superfast Broadband will create exciting opportunities for new and existing businesses. Its installation will also help our islands become more economically viable and provide benefits for future generations."Amanda Martin, chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly
The roll-out is part of the larger Cornish project, which has fibre based broadband available to around 90% of premises and this should grow to 95% by the end of 2014, and also has the highest proportion of FTTP of any county in the UK.