Superfast access for all

Superfast access for all

No-one is forgotten in the superfast journey.

When will there be 100% superfast coverage?

The Scottish Government has committed to providing superfast broadband access - speeds of at least 30Mbps - to every home and business in Scotland. Unique in the UK, the Reaching 100% (R100) programme builds on the success of the DSSB programme.

The 100% target will be met as a result of three strands of activity – the R100 contracts, a superfast broadband voucher scheme and commercial coverage. Contracts are being awarded in three geographical areas, or ‘lots’, and contracts covering South and Central Scotland have now been awarded.

All of the planned R100 build in the South lot, and the vast majority in the Central lot, will use full fibre – or Fibre to the Premises – which means gigabit capable speeds. As much of the technology delivered will go beyond the original superfast commitment, the civil engineering works will take time. Additional support will be provided to ensure that everyone can access a broadband service that can support superfast speeds by the end of 2021 delivered through a national demand-led voucher scheme launching in 2020.

This will provide grants to broadband customers in residential and business premises, offering support to access a range of technologies and suppliers. Anyone not able to access superfast broadband through the R100 programme by the end of 2021 – even if R100 will ultimately reach them – will also be eligible for the voucher scheme. Find out more about vouchers.

The contract award for the North lot has been subject to a legal challenge. Following the recent resolution of this challenge, the Scottish Government is working to finalise the North Lot contract to enable delivery of access to superfast broadband to people, businesses and communities in some of the most remote parts of Scotland. In the meantime, customers in the North lot area will also be able to access the voucher scheme until superfast broadband roll-out plans are known. Please keep checking back to this site for more information on when the R100 Programme will reach you.

Latest information on the procurement and aligned activity can be found here.

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