Digital Scotland partners today announced the next areas to see fibre broadband rolled out – including a number in the Western Isles.

New areas locally where work will be starting in the next six months are Balallan, Caman, Gravir, Grogarry, Locheport and Sollas.

And the number of new fibre broadband cabinets to be built and taking orders in the Outer Hebrides is 46.

Towns and villages where fibre broadband services are available already include Back, Barvas, Callanish, Carloway, Crossbost, Garrabost, Leverburgh, North Tolsta, Shawbost and Stornoway.

Stuart Robertson, Director of Digital at HIE (Highlands and Islands Enterprise), said: “Roll-out continues across the Highlands and Islands, and it's great that we are seeing growing numbers of rural towns and villages with better access to fibre broadband than ever before.

“When we started this project fibre services were only available to four per cent of the region's homes and businesses,” he continued.

“Coverage has come a long way, and the new core infrastructure we've rolled out gives us a much better base to build on into the future.”

The latest figures from Think Broadband confirm a 75 per cent coverage across the Highlands and Islands region; and indicate that 61 per cent of Highland and Island premises have access to more than 30Mbps, with 70 per cent of premises accessing more than 10Mbps.

In the Outer Hebrides, the current number of premises where fibre broadband is now available totals more than 6,500.

Customers are reminded that fibre services are an entirely different product than existing broadband and that you have to #CheckandOrder if available.

You can check the phone number/postcode checker at www.hie.co.uk/whereandwhen