The BT Openreach roll-out of fibre broadband to the Borgue area has now been completed but has unfortunately failed to reach some of the remoter parts of the Borgue parish. There are some alternatives for people who are still suffering from slow, copper wire-based broadband services.
The Scottish Government are now working on their “Reaching 100%” (R100) programme which hopes to deliver high-speed broadband to every property in Scotland. The original target date for this roll-out was the end of 2021 but it has been delayed. The Digital Scotland Superfast site allows you to enter your post code to check when high-speed broadband will be delivered to your property. Properties in the Borgue area are showing an estimated date of ‘late 2022’ for installation of higher speed broadband. In the interim period, you can apply for a Scottish Broadband Voucher to help pay for the cost of installing a faster broadband solution such as the ones described below:
The first option is to use a service based on the 4G mobile phone network. This is available now from EE and BT and has been adopted by some properties in the Kirkandrews and Knockbrex areas. This can provide speeds of over 20 Mbps and is available for around £35 per month. An alternative to taking out a BT or EE contract is to purchase your own 4G modem/router and use a regular mobile phone SIM card to provide the Internet connection. A suitable modem/router would be the TPLink TL-MR6400 which you can buy for about £80. A 4G phone SIM contract with 200GB of data per month should cost around £23 per month.
A second option is to use a satellite broadband service. These range in price from £20 to £50 per month depending on the required speed and data volume. Satellite broadband can give high speed downloads but suffers from a longer time lag due to the distance to the satellites. This can render it unsuitable for interactive applications such as two-way voice or video communications.