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Get connected in Orkney

Most areas of Orkney, particularly the mainland, enjoy efficient internet provision and a new programme to bring superfast broadband to rural communities is currently being carried out.

Six thousands premises in Orkney can now access superfast broadband thanks to the Digital Scotland scheme. The aim is to have 75% of premises in Orkney connected by the end of 2016 but planning for the next phase in the project to extend reach is already underway.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is leading on the £146m partnership investment for the area which will bring better broadband to rural communities. Funded by the Scottish Government, Broadband Delivery UK, HIE and private partners BT, the project will increase access to fibre based services from the 21% which would have seen rollout commercially to 84% of premises in the Highlands and Islands.

Find out if your area can access superfast broadband.

4G mobile internet is also now available in Kirkwall. EE has switched on the first of its 4G sites in Orkney with more set to go live during the summer of 2016. Those upgrades will see improvements outwith the town, including the north and south isles. 3G and 2G services have also been upgraded. Vodafone UK and O2 have also rolled out 4G services to customers.