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When will there be 100% coverage for everyone?
The Scottish Government policy commitment of ensuring access to 100% superfast broadband coverage by 2021 was met via the three strands of the Reaching 100% (R100) programme – the R100 contracts, our R100 Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme and continued commercial coverage.
The R100 contracts for the North, Central and South Lots go beyond our superfast commitment by providing a significant amount of gigabit capable (or fibre to the premises) connections.
Given the ongoing global supply chain issues that are currently being experienced and that much of the technology delivered will go beyond our original commitment, the engineering works will take time and connections will be delivered on a rolling basis. R100 contracts are expected to be completed in 2028.
The story so far
The Scottish Government appointed BT as the R100 contract delivery partner, with build commencing in 2020 for the South and Central lots, and the North lot in 2021. Over 114,000 premises will be able to access faster broadband as a result of the R100 contracts.
In addition, the R100 Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS) was launched in September 2020. SBVS ensures that any home or business not in scope of the R100 contracts or planned commercial build can get access through a voucher worth up to £5,000. By 1 August 2022, over 2,300 premises across Scotland, with another 900 in the pipeline, installed a superfast broadband connection via SBVS.
R100 builds upon the successful Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme, which connected more than 950,600 homes and businesses across Scotland. DSSB has been estimated to deliver over £2.76 billion over 15 years for the Scottish economy with every £1 of public funding being expected to deliver £12 of benefits to the Scottish economy.