BT has announced plans to invest £8 million creating a fibre broadband link between the Scottish mainland and the Orkney and Shetland Islands.
The broadband provider plans to lay 600km of cable over land and a further 400km under the sea as it constructs one of the UK's longest fibre systems.
Brendan Dick, Director of BT Scotland, told the Shetland Times that his firm was "laying the building blocks for any future deployment of fibre broadband".
"Faster broadband is touching the lives of everyone from small businesses to internet shoppers, and transforming the way we do things for the better," he stated.
"BT is committed to making faster technologies available to as many homes and businesses as possible."
Earlier this year, Shetland Telecom began offering high-speed broadband links to homes and businesses in the island group, via a fibre link to the submarine SHEFA-2 cable.
And with BT now becoming active in this region, local people could soon benefit from a choice of high-speed broadband services.