Date lodged: 14 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what the current percentage of superfast broadband coverage is in Aberdeenshire and what it is expected to be by (a) the end of 2017 and (b) April 2021.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 1 August 2016
The Scottish Government is committed to delivering 100% superfast broadband access by 2021.
As a first step, we are investing over £410 million alongside our partners in the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) Programme, which will extend access to fibre broadband to at least 95% of premises in Scotland by the end of 2017. At present, 78% of premises in Aberdeenshire are connected to fibre broadband. By the end of 2017 at least 89% of premises in Aberdeenshire will have fibre access, of which 69% will have access to superfast speeds (24Mbps or above). This figure assumes that commercial rollout is completed on time and in line with plans submitted to the Scottish Government. It also assumes that superfast speeds will be delivered to all premises connected commercially.
Community Broadband Scotland is also supporting the development of a number of community-led projects in Aberdeenshire. In total, these projects could deliver a broadband solution to over 2,000 premises.