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Fibre broadband for 16,000 in Highlands and Islands announced

Good news for those in the areas of Ardersier, Buckie, Milton of Leys, Fortrose, Hopeman, Inverness, Culloden, Lhanbryde and Lossiemouth. A total of some 14,400 homes and businesses are set to gain fibre based broadband via the Highlands and Islands project which has announced these areas as the first to benefit from the project.

The fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) based service is expected to be available to order from early 2014, and there will be more announcements each quarter as areas shift into the build phase.

"Commercial rollout taking place across the UK would have reached no more than one in five premises in the Highlands and Islands So the project’s target of 84% coverage levels for the region will represent a significant step change.

This first rollout of fibre broadband will be available to customers who are connected to a number of street cabinets within the eight exchange areas. Homes and businesses will be able to check availability over the coming weeks and there will be further work carried out in these areas to extend the reach as the rollout progresses."

Stuart Robertson, HIE’s Director of Digital Highlands and Islands

While the project clearly has some challenging geography to conquer, the scale of the task is underlined by the above comment, that the commercial roll-outs will only reach 20% of premises, so while the 84% figure looks low compared to other parts of the UK, it shows there is a lot of work to be done.

Some may have spotted the a discrepancy between some headlines and the 14,400 we have quoted, this is because around 1,825 premises are set to benefit from commercial infill work on the Elgin (187 properties) and Inverness Macdhui exchanges.


Misleading headline: "Fibre broadband". It will only be copper VDSL.

  • JNeuhoff
  • over 7 years ago

WOO HOO! My exchange - Inverness Culloden - is on the list. But at present there is no BT 21CN at my exchange nor are there any plans. So can an exchange get FTTC before getting BT's ADSL2+?

  • baby_frogmella
  • over 7 years ago

Even Buckie and Findochty will be getting it!

Knowing quite a few from that area they will only be wondering if it will speed up delivery of their beer!

  • mhc
  • over 7 years ago

This is slightly old news... I am on the Macdhui exchange and I have had FTTC for 2 weeks... and I have 54 down and 13 up

  • kimitheworm
  • over 7 years ago

@lyncol - is dslrings tech approved for use in the UK network? If not, when is it likely to be? How much industry support is there for it? Is it an approved standard? Says it uses standard 2 pairs - UK phone/DSL currently only uses 1 so there may not be a second pair available (used for 2nd line, etc)

  • ian72
  • over 7 years ago

This is not old news as the article is about FTTC coming to those living in SURROUNDING areas of Inverness and along the Moray coast. Many of these areas don't even have BT 21CN never mind FTTC so fingers crossed we can jump straight from an up to 8 meg ADSL1 service to an up to 80 meg FTTC service :)

  • baby_frogmella
  • over 7 years ago

Wonder which part of the decade that the West Coast will see some improvement via the BT network?

  • 21again
  • over 7 years ago

@kimitheworm, hence why Inverness Macdhui was mentioned in the context of infill, which means exchange is already offering a service to some, but there are further cabinets that will be enabled.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 7 years ago

Yes. Many cases in England. The fibre to the cabinet can terminate at another exchange. The phone service continues to be supplied at the existing one.

  • uniquename
  • over 7 years ago

Genesis has come up with an idea so simple and yet so clever that it will change the landscape of telecommunications across the globe.
They have various videos on youtube which explains their system. Two copper pairs are required as the system works like a mains socket ring main in your home.From your Dp a copper pair runs into your home and the other pair runs back to the dp and into the next house and so on.

  • lyncol
  • over 7 years ago

BT? It's all smoke and mirrors - while they have their snouts in the trough. My FTTC RFS date has just been put back ANOTHER 3 months - now not until 31/03/2014. (Oban town centre WSOBA)

The original announcement was June 2012 - so no doubt it will be getting on for the 2 years ...

  • airds
  • over 7 years ago

What happening to the Alness Exchange - the largest conurbation north of Inverness?
Well overdue for upgrade...

  • bjmccourt
  • over 7 years ago

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