Superfast subsea links ready to revolutionise digital way of life on Scottish Islands

Thursday saw the successful installation of almost 250 miles of fibre optic cabling across a record-breaking 20 seabed crossings for the £410 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project.

The Western Isles links between Stornoway - Ullapool, Lochmaddy - Leverburgh, Lochboisdale - Eriskay, and Eriskay - North Bay are now complete.

The main fibre optic cable network is a big job involving 1200km of new cable both on land and subsea.

With the subsea cables laid the land cable network is all that remains to be laid.

The massive fibre network being built aims to bring high-speed fibre broadband to 84 per cent of the Highlands and Islands by the end of 2016.