BT has reached agreement with Faroese Telecom to share part of a new fibre-optic submarine cable being laid between the Faroe Islands, Orkney and Shetland and the Scottish mainland. The 720km cable, which will come ashore on the mainland at Banff, will provide connectivity to the Northern Isles alongside existing microwave radio links. BT has taken out a long-term lease on the cable which FT expects to have up and running by spring 2008. BT is investing around GBP1 billion on the new network in Scotland and will be replacing equipment in more than 1,000 exchanges across the nation. Brian Fitzpatrick, managing director of BT Wholesale Markets, said: ‘It is great to have reached agreement with Faroese Telecom to utilise capacity in their cable. This is really good news for Orkney and Shetland, as it will be a key part of BT’s plans to bring the benefits of its 21st Century Network to the islands.
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