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Our January '24 round-up is now available. Find out more about the latest highlights from the R100 programme - including the 49,000 connections that are now in place - at the link below.
The challenges of a £600m infrastructure build
Read our blog and watch our video that explains more about the R100 contract build and some of the complexities that exist when delivering one of the most ambitious infrastructure programmes in Europe.
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When will there be 100% coverage for everyone?
The Scottish Government policy commitment of ensuring access to 100% superfast broadband coverage by 2021 was met via the three strands of the Reaching 100% (R100) programme – the R100 contracts, our R100 Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme and continued commercial coverage.
The R100 contracts for the North, Central and South Lots go beyond our superfast commitment by providing a significant amount of gigabit capable (or fibre to the premises) connections.
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.
The story so far
The Scottish Government appointed BT as the R100 contract delivery partner, with build commencing in 2020 for the South and Central lots, and the North lot in 2021. Around 114,000 premises will be able to access faster broadband as a result of the R100 contracts.
In addition, the R100 Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS) was launched in September 2020. SBVS ensures that any home or business not in scope of the R100 contracts or planned commercial build can get access through a voucher worth up to £5,000. At 1 October 2023, over 3,500 R100 SBVS vouchers have been used to provide access to superfast broadband in Scotland, with another 500 in the pipeline.
R100 builds upon the successful Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme, which connected more than 950,600 homes and businesses across Scotland. DSSB has been estimated to deliver over £2.76 billion over 15 years for the Scottish economy with every £1 of public funding being expected to deliver £12 of benefits to the Scottish economy.