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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-07623: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 1 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is making sufficient progress to meet its targets of 95% coverage of superfast broadband by 2018 and 100% by 2021.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 9 March 2017

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme is progressing well and remains on track to meet its target of 95% fibre broadband access by the end of 2017. In 2016, Audit Scotland reviewed progress of the DSSB Programme and concluded that it was on track to meet coverage targets, with more premises than expected being able to access superfast speeds. To date 87.9% of premises across Scotland can access fibre broadband. This figure assumes that commercial rollout is completed on time and in line with plans submitted to the Scottish Government as part of the 2012 Open Market Review.

Likewise the Reaching 100% programme is also progressing well with responses to the Open Market Review currently being evaluated and supplier engagement continuing. The programme remains on track to launch new procurement activity later this year.