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A resident of the Outer Hebrides has improved his internet access by turning to satellite broadband

Ian Taylor of Lochboisdale told the Stornoway Gazette the technology has helped him receive a better service in a region that is currently struggling for connectivity.

A number of people living in the area have claimed they are having to get by on connection speeds that are similar to those provided by dial-up services, the newspaper reports.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) - which is responsible for improving broadband in the region - said the current problems are due to the Scottish mainland putting a strain on network capacity. 

Donnie Morrison, senior development manager at HIE Innse Gall, stated: "Broadband bandwidth from the mainland to the Outer Hebrides is at capacity, which constrains all services."

She added this had made it difficult for broadband providers to meet demand, especially at peak times when use of the network is highest.