20th October 2018
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Open day looks for feedback on proposed Quarff-Maywick fibre optic cable

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An open day next week will seek feedback over a proposed fibre optic cable from Quarff to Maywick.

Shetland Telecom is seeking responses to its plans for the back-up cable which will provide resilience to its network in case the main cable between Lerwick and Sandwick should suffer a fault.

The cable is expected to run from a chamber at Quarff to the Faroese cable shore station at Maywick, running through four common grazing areas in Quarff, Cunningsburgh and Sandwick and some private land.

Running the cable under ground is considered to be a safer option than putting it out to sea – not least because any technical problems can be resolved more easily.

Proposals have already been lodged with Shetland Islands Council’s planning department over the move.

The open day is scheduled for Tuesday at the Carnegie Public Hall in Sandwick, from 2pm to 8pm.
 

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Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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