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S5W-05618: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 15 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-03494 by Fergus Ewing on 26 October 2016, whether rural properties with broadband services that cannot benefit from connection to fibre, as they are more than 1,200 metres from the fibre connection box, are included in the total number of homes that now have access to superfast broadband as a result of its Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 10 January 2017

The Scottish Government generally expresses measurements of progress in delivering the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband Programme in terms of enabling connection to fibre broadband, with around 679,000 homes and businesses now able to access fibre broadband services as a result of the Programme.

Over 90% of these premises are able to receive superfast speeds. Those premises served by a fibre-enabled cabinet delivered by the Programme, but which are located too far from it to receive superfast speeds, will still benefit from more basic broadband services - and service may previously have been poor or non-existent. Such premises are not, of course, counted in the 90% figure quoted.

The Scottish Government is committed to delivering 100% superfast coverage by 2021. This will include any and all premises currently unable to achieve superfast speeds.