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June 22, 2009

Shetland Isles loses broadband and phone services


by David Allen

A technical fault that hit the Shetland Isles resulted in the loss of broadband and phone services late on Friday.

As a result, Sumburgh Airport was closed and the coastguards were informed that they would need to rely on their colleagues from other areas for support as their networks were down.

The problem occurred on the island of Sanday, when an issue that happened on Thursday evening was repaired but caused a power surge that blew a fuse in the BT operated microwave link between mainland Shetland, Fair Isle and Sanday.

This problem has come at a time when local officials are discussing the potential link up of the islands with the UK mainland through a cable network that would prevent issues like this happening in the future.

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