GigaPlus Argyll is a funded project to supply Next Generation Broadband to the remote areas where BT cannot reach. The scheme will be operating all over Iona, Lismore, Luing, Colonsay, and in parts of Jura, Mull, Islay and the Craignish peninsula. AB-Internet will be carrying out the design and installation of the network. GigaPlus Argyll will be the first line support for customers. The first installations will be in the Lochbuie and Croggan areas on Mull, due to be operational in the spring of 2016. The remaining areas should up and running by the end of the summer of 2016. To stay updated with the latest from the project, please check our website - www.gigamull.co.uk
To check whether your property is eligible for GigaPlus broadband, use this postcode checker.
February 2017 update -
I am delighted to announce that construction of the GigaPlus Argyll network is now underway. Concrete bases for several masts have been installed, and lattice towers, “telegraph” poles and shorter steel poles with guy ropes are being erected as I write this. Eventually the network will comprise nearly 40 masts spread across the area of the project, ranging from Mull in the north, as far away as Islay and Jura in the south.
The first customer connections will be available in April with the network being fully operational by late autumn. However there are always new risks to these timetables. Nothing is ever certain when working in the remoter parts of the west coast.
The scale and complexity of the project has brought with it unforeseen challenges, not really surprising as we are breaking new ground in the way that the project is funded and will operate. These challenges have included high level “State Aid” issues which have required input from the Department of Culture Media and Sport in London and more mundane issues of identifying owners of land willing to host our equipment.
We are delighted that more than one Internet Service Provider will offer a service over the GigaPlus Argyll network; this avoids a monopoly and ensures subscribers will have a choice. Further details will be available very soon on the www.gigaplusargyll.co.uk website.
Autumn 2016 update -
Our contractor AB Internet has been very busy over the past few months and progress is most definitely being made.
Since our last update, I’m pleased to report that 60% of all the sites have had planning submitted, and 25% of the sites have had planning approved and none of the sites have had planning rejected. Although this is changing all the time, to date we have secured 11 planning approvals, with another 14 having passed the first hurdle of planning validation. There is confidence that construction will commence on three sites within the next month and once started work will continue until the network is complete. The masts and their renewable energy sources have started to be manufactured, and surveying is taking place on the final few mast sites.
It’s not all good news though. There have been some unforeseen delays that have caught us out, but these are out of our control. For example, the connection to the Internet in Oban, sometimes referred to as the “Backhaul” has been delayed, and there has been an issue with the ability to offer the network to other Internet Service Providers that is taking a while to be resolved by the UK Government department - Broadband Delivery UK. This has knocked the schedule back, but we are all working hard to keep the project on track to be ready for connecting the first customers early in 2017