Community Broadband

 

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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.

 

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

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