The Digital Scotland showcase bus is on a mini-tour across Argyll and Bute and Highland this week to promote the arrival of high speed fibre broadband to local homes and businesses.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise and BT staff, who are part of the partnership delivering a £146m fibre broadband roll-out across the region, are meeting local community representatives to highlight the new broadband services available locally.
On Monday the showcase visited the Oban coastal villages of Taynuilt, Connel, N Connel and Benderloch in Argyll and Bute. After a brief stop in Duror, it was in Fort William on Tuesday; on Wednesday (today) it is in Kingussie and on Thursday and Friday it's in Inverness.
The team has highlighted the availability of fibre, discussed connectivity generally as well as any other digital questions. Local councillors, community councillors, business representatives and Business Gateway DigitalBoost partners have all supported the events.
Across the region, around 77% of premises are now able to connect to fibre-based services through the Digital Scotland project, led by HIE and funded by the Scottish Government, BDUK and delivered on the ground by Openreach, BT’s local network business.
Anyone in the local community interested in finding out how fibre broadband works and the benefits it can provide is welcome to attend the free drop-in event today (Wednesday) at the Badenoch Centre from 12 noon until 3pm. The showcase will also be at the Eastfield Retail Park in Inverness between 10.30 and noon.
The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme aims to provide fibre broadband infrastructure to parts of Scotland not included in commercial providers’ investment plans. Combined with current commercial roll-out plans, the Highlands and Islands programme will deliver access to fibre broadband to around 84% of premises by the end of 2016.
Fibre broadband offers fast and reliable broadband connections at speeds of up to 80Mbps* and there are many suppliers in the marketplace to choose from.