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July 10, 2008

BT brings islands into the 21st century


by David Allen

Scottish islands are to be connected to the mainland by undersea fibre optic cables, laid by Global Marine Systems.

This cabling will be able to complement the existing microwave technology that is being used at the moment on the islands.

This is the latest project to bring the Shetland Isles, Orkney Isles and the Faroe Islands into the 21st century world of broadband.

The initial cable is going to be around seventy kilometres or forty three miles long, but once it reaches the island there is more work to do, for there are still over sixty BT exchanges that will also need to be upgraded, otherwise the fibre optic cable will not make that much difference at all.

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