The arrival of superfast broadband services to homes and businesses on Bute has moved a small step closer this week with the installation of sub-sea cables linking the island to the mainland.
Work on laying the fibre-optic cables between Ardyne, at the south end of the Cowal peninsula, and Ardbeg began on Monday.
But don’t hold your breath for the arrival of much faster broadband speeds on Bute just yet, because according to the Scottish Government’s Digital Scotland website, the roll-out, in common with much of Arran, Kintyre, Cowal and mid Argyll, is not due to happen until the first half of 2016.
This week’s cabling work is part of a £26.9 million contract awarded in December 2013 - itself part of a £146 million investment project to bring fibre broadband to remote communities throughout the north and west of Scotland.
HIE’s Stuart Robertson, Director of Digital Highlands and Islands, said: “The subsea cables are an essential part of bringing high speed broadband to our west coast communities.
“Their installation is essential in order to reach the 84 per cent coverage target for the region. The fibre network will bring services closer to everyone and will make it easier to provide better broadband to even our hardest to reach areas.”