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Information supplied by Donnie Morris of the HIE 6 years, 3 months ago #18

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Over the years the telecoms network ability to support broadband out to our more rural communities was recognised as a limiting factor and the Community Planning Partnership agreed to procure our own network. HIE undertook the role of procuring and building the network now widely recognised as Connected Communities. This network provides symmetric services to those areas not able to receive broadband through the local exchange including those upgraded but were the property is too far from the exchange. The access network is through an encrypted Fixed Wireless Access connection connected to over 100 access hubs located in various communities. This is a wholesale service with retail services provided through Scotnet who are a private sector provider through an ISP service www.hebrides.net. Standard services are available through the website and there is no installation charge. Any business requiring any specialised service including higher capacity, low contention services would be referred to us as the owner of the network and as the economic development agency for the area. The network is very low latency and provides connectivety for over 100 public sector locations including VoIP with excellent SLA's. Currently HIE are in the process of procuring Next Generation Access for the whole of the Highlands and Islands including the Western Isles though the government funded BDUK initiative.

Donnie Morrison MBE
Senior Executive - Regional Development
Highlands & Islands Enterprise
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