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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00508: Jenny Gilruth (Mid Fife and Glenrothes)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 14 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the progress of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme in meeting its target of delivering access to fibre broadband to at least 95% of premises by the end of 2017.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 21 December 2016

The Scottish Government’s Digital Scotland Superfast Programme met its interim target of 85% coverage six months early and continues to make good progress to meeting its overall target of 95% fibre broadband coverage by the end of 2017.

As at 30 November 2016, the programme had connected around 679,000 homes and businesses; over 90% of which are able to receive superfast speeds. Around 746,000 premises will be connected by the end of the programme.

The impact of this investment has been recognised by Ofcom. Their Connected Nations 2016 Report, published last week, highlighted that superfast broadband availability in Scotland has increased at a faster rate – 14% year on year – than any of the other UK nations.