Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme

The Scottish Government committed to deliver 100% superfast broadband access by the end of 2021.  This commitment will be delivered through three strands of activity:

  • The Reaching 100% (R100) contracts
  • Connections delivered by commercial suppliers
  • Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS)

The SBVS will ensure that every address in Scotland has the ability to access a superfast broadband connection by the end of 2021 regardless of whether or not it will ultimately receive a superfast connection through the other two strands of activity.

There are two voucher types – Main Voucher Scheme and the Interim Voucher Scheme.  The voucher scheme is technology neutral, as long as it is capable of delivering superfast speeds (superfast speed is 30Mbps) it is considered eligible for the scheme.

This is a supplier led scheme, 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.

 

Interim Voucher Scheme

For premises that are due to be connected by the R100 contracts or a commercial supplier after 2021 will be eligible for an interim voucher, worth up to £400 (some properties in more difficult-to-reach locations may be eligible for an additional subsidy of £250.This is based on their rurality and non-standard installation) in order to get an interim solution until they are connected.

Technologies which are available to you which have been successfully installed using IVS are listed below:

Fixed wireless

Wireless broadband can deliver speeds of 30Mbps and above, but the quality of service will vary, dependant on the product selected.

Satellite

Satellite broadband can deliver speeds of 30Mbps or above and is often the only option available to Scotland’s most difficult-to-reach properties. There will also be a short time delay with satellite broadband due to the technology involved which requires the signal to travel from your premises, to the satellite, and back to earth. This change may take some getting used to.

Mobile broadband

Fixed mobile broadband (both 4G and 5G services) use an internal or external antenna to receive a service that is then distributed around the premise via WiFi or internal cabling – just as traditional fixed broadband does. Fixed mobile broadband can deliver speeds of 30Mbps or above. Fixed mobile broadband is only available in certain parts of Scotland and it is important to discuss the realistic speeds that you are likely to receive with your chosen supplier.

This is a supplier led scheme, meaning that one of our registered suppliers, that serve your area will apply for a voucher on your behalf. 

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.

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 one month of the date on which they receive the voucher. If they are not able to deliver your new connection by this date, then the voucher will expire and the grant will be no longer be available. However, you will be able to ask the supplier to reapply or approach a new supplier

 

Main Voucher Scheme

There will be some properties that will not receive superfast connections through either R100 contracts or a commercial supplier. These properties will be eligible for a voucher worth up to £5000 that will help owners and/or tenants 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 (GBVS) 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 vouchers can be used stand alone for a single property, or a consortium can be formed with your neighbours where the vouchers can be pooled to form a project.

Technologies which are available to you which have been successfully installed using Main Voucher Scheme are listed below:

Fibre

Fixed line broadband over fibre to the premises (FTTP) or fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) can deliver speeds well in excess of 30Mbps. However, availability in Scotland’s most remote and rural areas is often limited, due to the costs associated with deployment.

Fixed wireless

Wireless broadband can deliver speeds of 30Mbps and above, but the quality of service will vary, dependant on the product selected.

Satellite

Satellite broadband can deliver speeds of 30Mbps or above and is often the only option available to Scotland’s most difficult-to-reach properties. There will also be a short time delay with satellite broadband due to the technology involved which requires the signal to travel from your premises, to the satellite, and back to earth. This change may take some getting used to.

 

Mobile broadband

Fixed mobile broadband (both 4G and 5G services) use an internal or external antenna to receive a service that is then distributed around the premise via WiFi or internal cabling – just as traditional fixed broadband does. Fixed mobile broadband can deliver speeds of 30Mbps or above. Fixed mobile broadband is only available in certain parts of Scotland and it is important to discuss the realistic speeds that you are likely to receive with your chosen supplier.

This is a supplier led scheme, meaning that one of our registered suppliers, that serve your area will apply for a voucher on your behalf. 

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.

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 twelve month of the date on which they receive the voucher. If they are not able to deliver your new connection by this date, then the voucher will expire and the grant will be no longer be available. However, you will be able to ask the supplier to reapply or approach a new supplier.