About Superfast Broadband

About superfast broadband

In 2014, when the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme was launched, the widely accepted definition of ‘superfast’ broadband was a service that provided download speeds of at least 24 Megabits per second (Mbps). DSSB successfully achieved its aim of delivering access to fibre broadband to 95% of premises in Scotland in 2017. Since then the EU has defined ‘superfast’ as download speeds of 30Mbps or above, and the technology we’re using to deliver broadband access to your homes and businesses will achieve this.

What will higher speeds mean in practice?

Superfast broadband makes web browsing, working online, gaming and entertainment streaming much quicker and smoother. Downloading films, music and other large files and forms is much faster. Several people can use the connection at the same time without causing noticeable delays and slower speeds when using the internet. Upload speeds are also significantly higher, so it’s great for people who need to send large files from home or work.

Much of the R100 contracts are delivering access to gigabit-capable connections, which are 30 times faster than the original superfast commitment by the Scottish Government. Gigabit-capable connections provide an even better online experience, with download and upload times, reliability and latency further improving in comparison to superfast.

What speeds can I expect?

You can ask your internet service provider about this when the time comes to place your order for Superfast Broadband. And when you’re connected, you can test your connection with a simple online speed test.