After all the complaints in the last 2 years about the BDUK projects concentrating on semi-urban areas, we think it is safe to describe the first wave of cabinets that have just gone live in the Shetland Islands as improving broadband speeds in a rural area.
"This first phase of roll-out on the Shetland Islands is opening up fibre based services to one in three homes and businesses in one swoop. It’s a great start.
The Shetland Islands have links across the world in leading sectors including energy, creative industries, tourism and food and drink. Access to better broadband can open up opportunities for business growth across all these sectors, and at home makes for more flexibility in every day life.
Having now pushed through almost all of Shetland’s existing cabinets our next steps are to build the new networks and cabinets needed to reach customers currently connected directly to their exchanges.Stuart Robertson, Director of Digital Highlands and Islands
This first phase has enabled 17 cabinets so that people with lines on those cabinets can now order a FTTC based service and this brings much faster broadband to over 4,000 homes and businesses on the Islands.
Using our ever nimbly fingers we have managed to identify sixteen of the cabinets that have gone live, the majority are on the Lerwick exchange cabinets i.e. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,15 and 16. Cunningsburgh cabinet 1 and Sumburgh cabinet 2 have also gone live. Fingers crossed that with a low median download speed currently of 5.5 Mbps and so many cabinets going live that when we look at the Q4 2014 speed test results in the New Year there will there signs of an uplift.
This wave of cabinets is the not full story, more cabinets to be enabled in the Sumburgh, Cunningsburgh and Lerwick and the communities of Voe, Symbister, Brae, Scalloway, and Sandwick should also see services improving as the roll-out continues.