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#checkandorder for fibre broadband

23 December 2016

The digital team at Highlands and Islands Enterprise has been to a number of superfast towns and villages in Highland and Moray to raise awareness of high-speed fibre broadband.

The local team has been in Cromarty, Invergordon, Ardersier, Helmsdale, Brora, Golspie and Forres in the past week to encourage people to #CheckandOrder to find out if they can move faster online.

Fibre broadband is now available in more than 200 Highlands and Islands towns and villages as a result of a £146m Digital Scotland investment. Fibre offers broadband download speeds of up to 76 Mbps, depending on distance from the new fibre broadband cabinets.

Potential customers can check their own phone numbers or postcode at www.hie.co.uk/whereandwhen  to find out if fibre is available.

Lesley Gallagher, of HIE’s digital team, said: “Three years ago residents in one town in our region, Nairn, had access to mainstream fibre broadband.  The project, alongside commercial roll-out, now means that 80% of the region’s premises are part of the new network from Brae in Shetland, to Campbeltown in Kintyre.”

“Work is continuing, and there will be more roll-out in 2017 for the Highlands and Islands. The contract is reaching further than the initial targets. Strong take up figures and efficient delivery mean that an additional £2.3m is being re-invested back into the project.”

The latest updates for each local authority area are available here

 


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