PLANS to set up and run a computer data centre were yesterday unveiled by a Caithness IT firm.
Confirmation this week of government funding for a super-fast broadband link in the Highlands has allowed Navertech to advance preparations for its latest project.
The Thurso-based business aims to start small but anticipates a fairly rapid expansion which would create scores of jobs.
It also believes the development can make the area more attractive for inward investors such as the companies poised to go ahead with marine power ventures in the Pentland Firth and waters off Orkney.
Navertech has been quick off the mark in looking to benefit from the pledge to upgrade the IT coverage of populous parts of the Highlands.
It is also intends “plugging into” an internet super highway which runs from Caithness to Scandinavia and North America.
“It really will be a step change,” Navertech commercial director William McGillivray said of the proposed upgrading.
“BT made it clear it had no intention of putting super-fast broadband up here. It would not have gone north of Inverness.”
Mr McGillivray and son David, the firm’s operations director, were on a specialist industry group which helped Highlands and Islands Enterprise submit the successful bid to the government-backed Broadband Delivery UK.
The region is one of four rural areas in the UK chosen to base a project in which an estimated -£20m of public investment will be matched by -£10m to -£20m from the chosen supplier.
Thurso and Wick are among the 50 centres earmarked to receive broadband coverage on a par with that available in cities.
Source: John O’Groat Journal