Tiree Broadband is a not for profit company established to provide broadband access to the people of Tiree.
The company owns and operates a commercial quality wireless network linked to a multi-feed ADSL backhaul. The wireless network allows Tiree Broadband to reach areas of the island outwith the reach of conventional broadband.
Tiree Broadband provides broadband private individuals, companies and community groups at prices comparable with mainstream fixed link providers. It is able to do this by keeping its operating costs to a minimum and by utilising skilled volunteers and professionals from Tiree.
Any surplus revenue generated from subscriptions is re-invested in maintaining, extending and upgrading the network. This allows us to offer high levels of quality of service and reliability.
Tiree broadband has been operating successfully since 2005 and now has over 140 subscribers making it one of the largest, longest running and most successful community broadband networks in Scotland.
Tiree Broadband also owns and supports a public Internet access wireless hot-spot run by Tiree Rural Centre as well as providing internet connectivity for a number of community organisations.
Tiree Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tiree Community Development Trust
Tiree Broadband is hoping to upgrade its network to be able to offer faster broadband services to those households and businesses on Tiree beyond the reach of fast broadband through the telephone network. We are currently applying for the funding necessary to complete this work and hope to start rolling out faster services in Spring 2017.
Fibre is here
New high speed fibre optic broadband services are now avalable on Tiree. These fibre services are delivered through the telephone network and supplied by new green telephone cabinets. In the first phase of the rollout to Tiree new cabinets have been installed at Crossapol, Balephetrish and Pier View in Scarinish.
The service and speed available to a particular household or business depends on two things – being connected to a fibre enabled cabinet and the distance (length of telephone line) from that cabinet. If the length of copper line to your property is up to 1km, you can expect ‘superfast’ speeds (24Mbps or better). Those at 2km can expect and uplift (depending on their current speeds), and beyond 2km speeds drop away fairly quickly and you may not see any benefit from the new services.
Customers who currently receive their service directly from telephone exchange in Scarinish will not be connected to the new fibre services at this time. BT are hopeful that there will be more coverage in future phases of work.
There is an online checker where you can put in your phone number or postcode to see if you are connected to one of the new cabinets (listed as Cabinets 1, 2 or 3) or if you are connected directly to the telephone exchange (listed as Exchange Only or EO) www.hie.co.uk/whereandwhen
Tiree Broadband is already be taking advantage of the new faster speed available to significantly improve its internet connections. This will means that we can offer a faster and more stable service than was possible through the old ADSL network. We plan to utilise the new fibre services to rollout significantly faster services to our subscribers in the Spring.