In Pictures: Broadband Cable Arrives On St Mary’s

5 Responses to In Pictures: Broadband Cable Arrives On St Mary’s

  1. Madley Blower July 26, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    May I ask if we are only getting the one fibre optic cable serving the islands, instead of the originally proposed two, what redundancy system is in place in case everything goes topsy turvy? Is the old microwave link still going to be used for something? Or will this eventually be demolished? (forgive me if the microwave link serves other purposes other than our precious internet)

    • Stuart Moore July 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Madley,
      You’re right there is only one fibre cable to the island, as the second cable became prohibitively expensive for the small number of customers involved.
      There are currently two radio systems connecting us to the mainland and these are both going to be replaced with a brand new state of the art radio system which will be able to carry the islands traffic in the event of the subsea cable failing.
      I should point out that these cable are ‘extremely’ robust and this particular cable has been working fault free for over twenty years. The most common cause of subsea cable failure is anchors from shipping, but to over come that we are installing an AIS system that monitors all shipping along the cable route and informs the coastguard to contact any shipping that is deemed to be too close to the cable. On top of this we have a contract with the subsea cable ship company who will attempt to repair a damaged cable in a matter of days. In the event of cable failure a piece of equipment in the exchange will automatically switch the islands traffic from cable to radio seamlessly.
      So as you can see BT have gone to great lengths and expense to provide the islands with what will hopefully be a reliable and excellent service.

  2. Clem July 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks to the council for sorting this out fir the islands

    • Ian T. July 26, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Being cynical (as usual), BT had to do something to improve the service to Scilly and this is a wonderful publicity stunt. Hope the redundant cable works!

  3. Peter Corbett July 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    You lucky lot!!! We love just 2.5km from the nearest BT Superfast cabinet but can we get superfast broadband. Can we heck! Maybe 2018!!!