Category: Orkney

Reference Library – Scotland – Orkney Broadband

Purbeck’s broadband as slow as Shetland and Orkney Islands 0

Purbeck’s broadband as slow as Shetland and Orkney Islands

PURBECK has been named as one of the slowest places in the UK for broadband speeds. Despite 10Mbps being the minimum recommended speed for families under the Government’s Universal Service Obligation, many areas are falling short, a recent study suggests. Research by the consumer association Which, using data from Speed Checker Ltd, found Purbeck is one of the English regions where speed is slower than the minimum – indeed the district is ranked the fifth worst in the UK.

Which managing director of home services Alex Neill said: “We are encouraging everyone with broadband to use our speed checker so people can see if they are getting the speeds that they’ve been promised by their provider and find out how to complain if their speed is too slow.” Top five Tamworth Reading Adur Enfield Dundee City Bottom five Orkney Islands Shetland Islands Highland Ryedale Purbeck

New MP pledges to raise contentious matter of broadband … 0

New MP pledges to raise contentious matter of broadband …

MP Jamie Stone has vowed to press Parliament for improvements to broadband speeds and connection in the Highlands. NEWLY elected far north MP Jamie Stone promised to use his first speech in parliament to raise the issue of poor broadband in the north. Mr Stone said he was “not surprised” at a report showing broadband speeds in the Highlands are the worst in mainland Britain.

A survey by consumers’ association Which? showed the region has the third-slowest speed in all 389 of the UK’s local authority areas, only faring better than Orkney and Shetland. The damning report showed even the Western Isles, Highland’s neighbouring island council, performed better.

During tests conducted between January and March, the average speed in Highland was 8.8 megabits per second (Mbps), falling short of the 10 Mbps standard deemed acceptable in the UK Government’s universal service obligation and almost half the UK average. Lib Dem Mr Stone, who has also served as an MSP and councillor, will raise the issue in his maiden speech next week. “I’m not surprised at all by this,” he said. “I have had steady complaints about this for the last 10 years. It’s so frustrating because we are always hearing about improvements and superfast but it continues to be such a big problem after all this time. “We have one of the most competitive tourism offerings in Highland but without decent broadband it completely undermines the hard work everyone is doing. “This is one of the issues I am going to be raising when I make my maiden speech” The rest of Scotland also fared badly with only one area, Dundee City, making the top 10 for best speeds.

Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s cabinet secretary for connectivity and MSP for Inverness and Nairn, said Scottish Government help is responsible for 75 per cent of the Highlands’ access to fibre broadband and without input from Holyrood it could have been just 21 per cent. “The Scottish Government is on track to deliver fibre broadband access to at least 95 per cent of premises across Scotland by the end of this year,” he said. “Without our investment only 66 per cent of premises would have been reached with as little as 21 per cent coverage across the Highlands and no coverage at all in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. “I am of course aware that many homes and businesses do not yet have access.

That is why we’ve made a commitment to extend superfast broadband to 100 per cent of premises across Scotland by 2021, building on the success of our fibre broadband investment programme.”

New MP pledges to raise contentious matter of broadband connection in his maiden speech 0

New MP pledges to raise contentious matter of broadband connection in his maiden speech

MP Jamie Stone has vowed to press Parliament for improvements to broadband speeds and connection in the Highlands. NEWLY elected far north MP Jamie Stone promised to use his first speech in parliament to raise the issue of poor broadband in the north. Mr Stone said he was “not surprised” at a report showing broadband speeds in the Highlands are the worst in mainland Britain.

A survey by consumers’ association Which? showed the region has the third-slowest speed in all 389 of the UK’s local authority areas, only faring better than Orkney and Shetland. The damning report showed even the Western Isles, Highland’s neighbouring island council, performed better.

During tests conducted between January and March, the average speed in Highland was 8.8 megabits per second (Mbps), falling short of the 10 Mbps standard deemed acceptable in the UK Government’s universal service obligation and almost half the UK average. Lib Dem Mr Stone, who has also served as an MSP and councillor, will raise the issue in his maiden speech next week. “I’m not surprised at all by this,” he said. “I have had steady complaints about this for the last 10 years. It’s so frustrating because we are always hearing about improvements and superfast but it continues to be such a big problem after all this time. “We have one of the most competitive tourism offerings in Highland but without decent broadband it completely undermines the hard work everyone is doing. “This is one of the issues I am going to be raising when I make my maiden speech” The rest of Scotland also fared badly with only one area, Dundee City, making the top 10 for best speeds.

Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s cabinet secretary for connectivity and MSP for Inverness and Nairn, said Scottish Government help is responsible for 75 per cent of the Highlands’ access to fibre broadband and without input from Holyrood it could have been just 21 per cent. “The Scottish Government is on track to deliver fibre broadband access to at least 95 per cent of premises across Scotland by the end of this year,” he said. “Without our investment only 66 per cent of premises would have been reached with as little as 21 per cent coverage across the Highlands and no coverage at all in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles. “I am of course aware that many homes and businesses do not yet have access.

That is why we’ve made a commitment to extend superfast broadband to 100 per cent of premises across Scotland by 2021, building on the success of our fibre broadband investment programme.”