Remote Scottish island to get high-speed satellite broadband, bridging digital divide

The installation of equipment on Papa Stour this week will enable the island to receive high-speed broadband from OneWeb’s LEO satellites, improving connectivity and opportunities for residents and visitors.

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Residents of Papa Stour, a remote area in Scotland, will soon have access to high-speed broadband via a satellite internet connection. The UK government has announced that they will connect to a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite, and the work will be completed shortly. Papa Stour, which has the smallest population among Shetland’s inhabited islands, currently suffers from slow and unreliable internet. 

The initiative aims to bridge the digital divide and improve the lives of the island’s residents and visitors. The necessary equipment to receive the satellite connection will be installed on Papa Stour later this week, allowing it to receive high-speed broadband beamed from OneWeb’s LEO satellites. This development is seen as a significant milestone in connecting remote communities and offering new opportunities for businesses and tourism in the UK, highlighted Paul Coffey of Clarus Networks Group.