Superfast broadband coming to Wester Ross, Scotland

Winter may be coming to the North West Highlands of Scotland, but so is superfast broadband. Areas of Wester Ross are set to get a new wireless broadband network next year, thanks to a community-led scheme.

Ullapool, Lochbroom, Little Lochbroom, and Coigach are among the areas set to benefit from the new rollout.

It's thanks to the Highland Community Broadband (HCB) scheme, a community of local residents who campaigned and raised funds for the rollout with the help of Ullapool Community Trust.

The result is a new wireless broadband network in the area capable of nice fast download speeds of up to 50Mb, and upload speeds up to 20Mb. That's faster than a lot of fibre optic connection and officially counts as superfast.

The community is taking orders for the service right now, but it'll be another six or seven months before the basic structure is in place, and at least a year before the whole area is connected. Once it's completed its fundraising, it'll begin rolling out in Ullapool, before connecting Southern Lochbroom, Norther Lochbroom, Little Lochbroom including Gruinard and The Coasts, and finally Coigach.

Flick Hawkins, chair of the Ullapool Community Trust, said: "We're delighted that HCB will be providing broadband to these areas and the community is funding this and working together to create a reliable, affordable superfast broadband network. Many people had slow or non-existent broadband services and we will consign that to history. It's really exciting."

HCB also hopes to create a technology hub in Ullapool centre, to help out local residents and businesses with their tech woes - so any profits from broadband subscriptions will be pumped right back into the community.

Source: Ross-shire Journal

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