Tiree: High Speed News

BT Tower
BT Tower, Scarinish

An Tirisdeach, our community newsletter, ran a ‘Stop Press’ announcing the fact that Tiree after all will receive the fibre-optic cable bringing the promise of High Speed Broadband to the island.
BT has been granted a licence to lay the subsea cable linking Calgary in Mull and Scarinish.  With only a limited window in which to lay the cable, we can expect to see the Orange Marine’s cable laying vessel the René Descarte in our waters before the end of October. However, that is only the beginning of the process, as other islands are discovering, it could be December 2016 before homes and business will benefit from an enhanced broadband service. This summer’s experience of almost unusable broadband means it cannot come a moment too soon.