Shetland Broadband has fibre optic connectivity to London data centres and the internet via Shetland Telecom's fibre link to the Faroese Telecom SHEFA2 cable. Resilience/redundancy is provided on SHEFA2 via Faroe through the FARICE1, DANICE and CANTAT-3 cables.
This connectivity allows Shetland Broadband to offer it's customers connection speeds of up to 1Gb/s (or higher subject to availability). Connections to SWAN can be made from the customer's using one of three methods:
Fibre connections are available from 10Mbps to 1Gbps or greater if required. For most locations cable installation will require the laying of a length of cable from your premises to the nearest node on an existing available cable and connection to the network. Once installed there is then an annual charge for data throughput and maintenance. Data throughput can be from 10Mbps to 1Gbps or more, this charge also takes into account contention or any other special requirements. Installation of fibre can be very expensive when there is not a node close by or if one needs to be created so please contact us to see what options are available for your location.
For a group of interested parties we may create a node closer to them reducing the cost, then they can have their own individual connection to this node from their premises either by cable or radio. Cat5 connections could also be used over shorter distances (such as an office block).
The options for fibre cable connections available are extensive and interested parties should contact us to find their optimal and most cost effective solution.
If connections of less than 50Mbps are required then a fibre/radio hybrid connection can provide a more economical solution.
Linking premises to the fibre cable network by radio provides a more economical solution for high speed connections but id dependant on many variables of up to 350Mbps removing the need for expensive cable laying. Radio connections are feasible for distances of up to 12 miles (line of site required) in a single hop.
This type of connection is probably the best one for community projects.
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