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Shetland Broadband Internet Connections

Introduction

Shetland Broadband are able to offer many broadband packages allowing internet connectivity. Suitable for most are the conventional packages which uses a telephone line to connect. Connections can also be provided in parts of Shetland using the Shetland Wide Area Network (SWAN) which provides connectivity by fibre cable, radio or a combination of both.

ADSL - Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
ADSL is the most common type of broadband in use today, it utilises a standard analogue phone line. There are currently two basic types available:

ADSL Max also known as BT 20th. Century Network (20CN). First introduced in 2002 to replace the dialup internet connection.

ADSL 2+ also known as BT 21st. Century Network (21CN). Roll-out began in 2008 to replace ADSL Max, a job still some way off being completed in many areas.

Shetland Broadband can supply both types of ADSL nationally* with the type supplied being dependant on the status of your telephone exchange.

* With the exception of a few small telephone exchanges where ADSL was commissioned by parties other than BT under the Exchange Activate Scheme.

FTTC - Fibre to the Cabinet
Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) is in the progress of being rolled out to BT 21CN exchanges only. FTTC involves a fibre optic cable being laid from a telephone exchange to BT distribution cabinets, and from there is delivered to the customers premises using the existing standard analogue phone line. This enables a faster broadband connection to the cabinet allowing higher speeds to be available to the customer.

As FTTC becomes available from an exchange it should be noted that not all cabinets may not get a fibre connection initially.

Customers close to their exchange may be unable get FTTC as they are wired directly to the exchange (no cabinet). In some areas a new cabinet may be erected outside an exchange to overcome this problem.

FTTP - Fibre to the Premises

Fibre To The Premises (FTTP), also sometimes known as Fibre To The Home (FTTH) is a fibre optic cable connection direct from your exchange to your premises. FTTP is nationally available but from a limited number of exchanges, where available speeds of up to 330Mbps are possible.

Leased Line

A leased line is a private connection linking your premises either to another specified location or to the internet. A leased line can be supplied over copper, fibre or ethernet cables and has the ability to offer a fast and secure connection.