Shetland Islands secures full fibre investment

Shetland Islands Council has secured £1.91m of Government funding (under the Local Full Fibre Networks initiative) to expand the existing fibre network across public sector sites on the islands of Yell and Unst.
The funding, which was supported by independent IT advisor FarrPoint, is reflective of the Scottish Government’s Reaching 100% programme which aims to deliver superfast broadband access to 100% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2021.
Alastair Cooper, Chair of the Council’s Development Committee, said: “This is a positive improvement for public services in Yell and Unst which lays a foundation of connectivity that can be extended to domestic and business premises in the future.”
FarrPoint has so far advised on digital connectivity investments in the UK worth over £2bn.
Darren Kilburn, Principal Consultant at FarrPoint, stated: “This project will make a huge difference to the Northern Isles and supports the long-term viability of the Yell and Unst communities by ensuring inhabitants retain their heritage and culture while having access to future proofed public services through digital connectivity.”

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