Cable break leaves Shetland without broadband  header image

Published: 22nd Jun 2016

Parts of the Shetland Islands have been left without a broadband connection following damage to an underwater fibre optic cable.

The SHEFA2 cable was severed south of Orkney on March 20th and BT engineers have been working to re-route traffic via the older FARICE1 cable, but this could take up to five days to complete, Shetland News reports.

TalkTalk customers such as the Alder Lodge guesthouse in Lerwick have been the worst affected. Staff at the lodge could only access the internet via a smartphone following the cable severance.

Keith Anderson of the guesthouse commented: "We are very busy at the moment and this is the time of year that people are booking for the summer, so it’s a bad time."

Faroese Telecom, the company that operates the SHEFA2 cable, said it will take up to ten days to send a ship from Calais to repair the damage.

Posted by Craig Roberts