The rollout of faster fibre residential and business broadband on the Outer Hebrides will be reaching a few more areas over the next few months.
Areas that are set to benefit include Scalpay and Harris. The work is being carried out as part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project, which is already ahead of schedule. Areas of Barvas and Back have already been given access to the new services, and within the next few weeks, areas of Point and Shawbost will be able to get faster residential and business broadband.
Work is ongoing in these parts of the islands, and in the spring it will also reach Ness, Leverburgh and Lochmaddy, among others. The next stage will be bringing in around 2,000 properties to the scheme.
The director of digital at HIE, Stuart Robertson, has said that people have been very quick to take advantage of the new services and that the news that the project is moving faster than estimated is also good.
The work is part of an investment worth around £146 million and is a three-year project. The new infrastructure has been funded mainly by BT, the Scottish Government and the UK Government, as well as HIE. The director of BT Scotland, Brendan Dick, has said that the work is now able to reach some of the more remote communities in the region and that the work is set to continue at the same pace so that more people can take advantage of the faster services.