Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme

The Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS) ensures that every address in Scotland has the ability to access a superfast broadband connection, via a voucher worth up to £5,000.

SBVS is technology neutral, as long as the solution is capable of delivering superfast speeds (30Mbps) it is considered eligible for the scheme.

Although this is a demand-led scheme, the administrative process is driven by suppliers, meaning that one of our registered suppliers, that serve your area, will apply for a voucher on your behalf. 

Find out if you are eligible for a voucher by entering your details into the online checker.

There will be some properties that will not receive superfast connections through the R100 contracts or a commercial provider. These properties may be eligible for a voucher worth up to £5,000 that will help secure a superfast connection.

In some cases, rural addresses may be eligible to combine Scottish Government funding with funding from the UK Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, which provides £1,500 for rural homes and £3,500 for rural businesses. If this is the case, chosen suppliers take this into account automatically and manage this on your behalf.

The voucher can be used stand-alone for a single property, or a group can be formed with your neighbours where the vouchers can be pooled to form a project.

Technologies which have been successfully installed using SBVS are listed below:

Full Fibre (Fibre to the Premises/Home (FTTP/H))
Broadband to the vast majority of properties in Scotland, in both urban and rural areas, involves fibre to the cabinet in your street, then copper between the last stretch from the cabinet to your house. This is called ‘partial fibre’ or FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet). Many rural properties have ‘exchange only’ lines, meaning copper runs all the way from the exchange to the property. Full fibre is when the connection from the exchange all the way to the inside of your property is a fibre optic cable.

Fixed Wireless
Fixed wireless broadband is an outdoor wireless network, just like WiFi in your home but over greater distances, from a few hundred metres to many kilometres. Fixed wireless broadband can deliver a one-to-one connection between two buildings or structures (for example, from a farm house to a farm office) or a one-to-many network connecting dozens of homes from a single transmitter.

Fixed Mobile (Fixed mobile or cellular broadband (e.g. 4G))
Fixed mobile is a method of getting internet access using one of the UK’s four mobile networks (EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three) or from the many virtual mobile operators that use one of the four main networks. With ‘fixed mobile’ a special WiFi router installed with a mobile SIM card in it, and an external aerial in a suitable location outdoors.

Satellite
Satellite broadband uses a dish on your home to connect to a satellite in space. The connection works both up to and down from the satellite without the need for any other connections such as a fixed telephone line. There is a delay of around half a second as the signal needs to go into space and back again. Satellite broadband technology has greatly improved over recent years but it’s always worth checking with the provider what speeds they expect you to consistently get.

Next Steps

Once you have confirmed your eligibility, you can approach suppliers to see if they are able to provide a connection (although suppliers may also approach you). Your chosen supplier applies for the voucher on your behalf, organises the installation and claims payment for the voucher subsidy.

A full list of registered suppliers operating in Scotland is available here.

SBVS is a supplier-driven scheme, meaning that one of the registered suppliers that may be able to serve your area, will apply for a voucher on your behalf.

The Scottish Government is not responsible for organising any installation of a service. That is the sole responsibility of your chosen supplier. The contract you enter into with your chosen supplier is for a minimum of 12 months. Once you have a chosen supplier, it is their responsibility to ensure that the installation of your new connection takes place within 12 months of the date on which they receive the voucher. If they are not able to deliver your new connection by this date, the voucher will expire and the grant will be no longer be available. However, you will be able to ask the supplier to re-apply or you can approach a new supplier.

You should always satisfy yourself that you are happy with your chosen supplier and that the service they will provide you with addresses your needs.

Earlier schemes

Previously, properties where superfast broadband roll-out was planned from 2022 onwards, were eligible for an interim voucher offering a subsidy worth up to £400 to deliver a temporary connection. Applications for interim vouchers are now closed.