Broadband is a generic term for high speed digital internet connections.
The Outer Hebrides have developing into one of the most 'connected' real and virtual worker communities in Europe. A multi-million pound investment programme has brought our digital infrastructure to a very high standard and the islands now boast an enabling technology far superior to many areas.
The Connected Communities Broadband Network provides a Broadband service principally to the exchange areas which have not been upgraded by BT. To date, BT has upgraded 14 of the 35 telephone exchanges throughout the Outer Hebrides to provide ADSL Broadband. It is our understanding that there are no plans to upgrade any of the remaining exchanges. The network also provides services to many subscribers who are within BT Exchange areas but cannot get a service due to distance from their local exchange.
The Connected Communities project continues to move forward enabling a high quality service provision to all the inhabited islands from Lewis to Barra.
Over 1500 subscribers (see www.hebrides.net to order) comprising individuals and businesses are served as are schools, Learning Centres and NHS facilities. The network also provides services to utilities in the most rural areas with many sites now benefiting from this reliable, symmetric service. The project team are in the final stages of completing the next phase of the development. It involves extending the service even further into the more "hard to reach" areas of the Outer Hebrides by installing an additional 35 relay masts or community nodes, thereby offering a high speed, high quality service irrespective of location in the Outer Hebrides..