New Northsat mast at Brightmony Farm set to improve internet connection south of Auldearn

Auldearn. Photo: Andrew Smith.

INTERNET users south of Auldearn village online for better broadband access.

A planning application for the erection of a nine-metre-high lattice tower at Brightmony Farm, Auldearn to enable satellite broadband connection, has been made to Highland Council.

The applicants, Northsat, specialize in providing an alternative solution for broadband ‘black spots’.

They are asking for a full planning agreement for the project and there are no objections to the tower which will be located at the Brae of Brightmony farm.

In its application, Northsat describes itself as a local company “understanding the challenges that the topography and available solutions bring for some of the most remote sites and those that cannot access broadband speed suitable for everyday use”.

“The solution is based on fixed wireless broadband. This is a type of high-speed Internet access where connections to service providers use radio signals rather than cables. It is particularly effective for people residing in areas without fiber optic cable, DSL, or cable TV lines.”

The proposed development involves the erection of a nine meter high lattice tower with a dark green powder coated finish. It will accommodate a 600 diameter dish to be installed near the top of the tower.

The installation will require a foundation slab and will be protected by a new wooden post and rail fence. The mast can serve up to 40 separate households in the area.

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