The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme is a key element of the wider Digital Scotland Programme, and supports the Scottish Government’s aim to make Scotland a world-class digital nation by 2020.
In effect, the programme is divided into two sub-projects with dedicated teams – one covering the ‘Highlands and Islands’, and one for the ‘Rest of Scotland’ .
Highlands and Islands
The terrain and dispersed population of Scotland’s more remote areas poses some complex challenges, and has involved installing approximately 800km of new fibre infrastructure and 400km of subsea cabling.
- Find out more at hie.co.uk/digital
Rest of Scotland
This project committed to reaching over 600,000 premises within 130,000 postcodes. Combined with the Highland and Islands efforts, the DSSB programme achieved its ambition of achieving 95% fibre broadband coverage by the end of 2017.
You can see the numbers of premises connected to fibre infrastructure as a result of the DSSB programme here.
What's in store for those we haven't reached yet?
In the meantime, you can take steps to improve your broadband speeds with our alternative solutions.
- Learn more about reaching 100% superfast coverage
The programme has a dedicated team of Community Officers, who make sure communities know when they will have access to faster broadband. They organise local events, work with community stakeholders, and keep everyone up to date with important information. They also take our Showcase bus to local schools and events so people can discover more about how fibre broadband is reaching more remote parts of Scotland – and benefiting local businesses, communities and individuals.
Why not come along to an event near you, and meet members of the Superfast Broadband team?
- See what's on
DSSB Community Champions help spread the word about the huge difference fibre broadband will make when it arrives in their area. As soon as the programme extends to their postcode, they’re out and about, sharing the good news with everyone and explaining the process that will lead to everyone enjoying much faster connections.