North Skye broadband problems continue




North Skye was still experiencing broadband disruption as we went to press yesterday (Wednesday).

Since 16th December properties served by the Scoval transmitter have been affected and a spokesman for BT said last week that the fault – a fibre cable near Daviot – had been identified.

However, this week businesses in the Dunvegan and Portree areas were still reporting frequent interruptions to the broadband service.

A spokesman for BT said: “We have been working on a transmission issue which has been causing slow broadband speeds in parts of Skye. Two faulty cards were replaced at Portree exchange yesterday and engineers are working to rebalance broadband traffic on alternative routes to increase speeds. Separately, we are working on plans to improve broadband connectivity across the island. Meanwhile, it is important that all internet users log faults with their own service provider.

“As well as this work, two weeks ago Digital Scotland announced that the first fibre broadband had gone live in Portree. Faster, next generation broadband is now available to around 180 premises in the Road of the Hay area (at the Kiltragleann development) in Portree). There will be more to follow in Portree and in more towns and villages across the island as the roll-out gathers pace in the new year.”