BT engineer showing young school children how he's upgrading to superfast broadband

Broadband and Digital Infrastructure

We are well connected in the Highlands and Islands.

Helping you connect 

More than 80% of homes and businesses, in more than 290 communities across every part of the Highlands and Islands, can access superfast broadband. 

Over the past five years, we have led the £146m Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) project which has built a fibre network for our region. Coverage stretches from North Roe in Shetland to Southend in Kintyre. 

It has dramatically changed access to good connectivity in our region - providing the core infrastructure needed to deliver domestic and commercial broadband, and making it possible for mobile operators to reach further with data services.  

The DSSB project is drawing to a close. It has reached more places than originally planned, partly through efficient delivery and also thanks to extra funding as a result of good take-up in the region. 

There is further to go to reach everyone. The Scottish Government has committed £600m for the next steps in its digital programme. 


Check my broadband

Put your phone number or postcode into the Digital Scotland checker to find out if fibre is available to you..

Broadband checker

Coverage statistics

Interested in fibre coverage? ThinkBroadband is an independent website which has the latest figures at Scotland and local authority area level.

Local broadband coverage information

Could you be going faster online?

Have you considered all your broadband options? Find out more about the technologies available in the region and how to get the best package available for you.

You and connectivity - FAQs

The impact of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme

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Your right to request a decent and affordable broadband service

Ofcom launched the broadband Universal Service Obligation delivered by BT and KCOM on March 20. Find out what's happening here.

Advice for consumers

The £146m fibre network investment has delivered a new age of communications across the region. High-speed broadband brings with it the potential to transform communities - changing how we do business, educate our children and deliver services.
Stuart Robertson, director of digital, HIE

Our region's first fully ultrafast island

Find out what impact superfast and ultrafast connectivity is having in the Outer Hebrides.

How connectivity changes lives
Grimsay Near Candles

Connected Communities network

The Connected Communities network in the Outer Hebrides has closed after 15 years of providing wireless broadband services to communities and vital public services. Find out more here.

Connected Communities