Bringing superfast broadband to Scotland is one of the most ambitious infrastructure programmes in Europe and as such, digital connectivity is a key part of the Digital Scotland Strategy. It sets out the measures which will ensure that Scotland will fulfil its potential in a constantly evolving digital world.
Reaching 100% programme (R100)
The Scottish Government committed to enabling access to superfast broadband - speeds of at least 30Mbps - to every home and business in Scotland by 2021.
The 2021 policy commitment was met via the three strands of R100 activity – the R100 contracts, the R100 Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS) and ongoing commercial coverage.
Contracts were awarded to BT and the network is being delivered by Openreach across three geographical areas. All of the planned R100 contract build in the South and North, and the remaining build in Central will be gigabit capable, which is more than 30 times faster than the original commitment. As much of the technology delivered will go beyond the original superfast commitment, the engineering works will take time and will be phased in over the coming years.
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.
R100 Scottish broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS)
The R100 SBVS can provide help in the form of a subsidy worth up to £5,000. If your home or business broadband speed is less than 30Mbps and your property is not in plans to receive a superfast connection through the R100 contracts or commercial build you may be eligible for the voucher scheme.
Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme
DSSB was a key element of the wider Digital Scotland Programme at the time and supported the Scottish Government’s aim to make Scotland a world-class digital nation by 2020.
The £463 million DSSB programme surpassed expectations, connecting over 950,600 premises to fibre broadband – over 110,000 premises more than originally anticipated.