Life On Tiree can confirm that this week ducting has been put in place at the BT Exchange in Scarinish in readiness to receive the subsea fibre-optic cable. The workmen volunteered that the cable should reach the island within the next twelve months. Sounds hopeful, especially having witnessed surveys of the sea route being made to connect Dervaig on Mull with Scrinish here on Tiree.
Last year (2013) BT said in a press release:
BT has awarded three firms a £26.9 million contract for an ambitious subsea cabling project which will help deliver fast, fibre broadband to the Highlands and Islands.
Specialist vessels will lay 20 fibre optic submarine cables in a precise operation during May to October next year, providing a fibre broadband backbone which will eventually link communities from Kintyre to Orkney
The massive engineering effort is part of the £146 million investment project launched with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in March to bring high-speed fibre broadband to communities across the north of Scotland.
Progress is being made. The next question is how long will it take to lay the fibre-optic cable around the island?