The first phase of a £600 million ‘Reaching 100%’ broadband programme is focusing
on delivering superfast broadband access to Scotland’s rural and island communities.
The scheme plans to bring a broadband service to places where it is unavailable.
Tendering will be made up of three regional Lots (North, Central and South), with
each containing a mix of the commercially attractive rural areas and harder-to-reach
Superfast broadband rollout to benefit rural areas
20 December 2017
£384 million has been allocated for the North region which takes in the Highlands
and Islands, Aberdeen, Dundee and Angus.
This model has been designed to ensure the best possible chance of maximising competition
whilst driving value and innovation said the Scottish Government.
Connectivity Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “We have taken the decision not to focus
on urban city centre premises in this first phase, but to target investment where
it is needed most – in rural and remote Scotland.
“We are working with the private sector to encourage their own investment in unconnected
urban areas, rather than rely on public funds.
“Reaching 100% will not be easy to achieve, however achieve it we must. Fast and
reliable digital connectivity is a fundamental expectation of all communities, regardless
He added: “To deliver our ambition, this government is investing £600 million through
the Reaching 100% programme – more than any government in the UK has ever invested
“I am confident that this procurement approach, funded by our record investment,
will put delivery of our unique 100% commitment within touching distance.
“We are aiming to provide a robust fibre backbone to underpin delivery of superfast
broadband for all by the end of 2021.”