When will there be 100% superfast coverage?
The DSSB programme was designed to maximise the reach of fibre infrastructure across Scotland with the aim of reaching 95% of premises. Thanks to the programme, over 930,000 premises and counting have access so far, with the vast majority of those premises able to access superfast speeds. The programme has delivered its aim of delivering 95% fibre broadband coverage.
Subsequently, the Scottish Government committed to providing superfast broadband access - speeds of at least 30Mbps - to every home and business in Scotland. Unique in the UK, the Reaching 100% (R100) programme builds on the success of the DSSB programme. The £600m procurement for R100 was launched in December 2017 with a focus on ensuring that every part of Scotland will be within reach of accessible fibre, underpinning digital connectivity and economic growth for decades to come.
More information on the procurement approach and aligned activity can be found here.
The UK Government has confirmed that universal high speed broadband will be delivered by a regulatory Universal Service Obligation (USO), giving everyone in the UK access to speeds of at least 10 Mbps by 2020. You can read about the UK Government’s commitment to a regulatory USO here.