Date lodged: 4 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-20407 by Paul Wheelhouse on 14 December 2018, whether any eligible notspots identified will have parity with those identified previously, and whether there is extra funding to reach these.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 26 February 2019
In Autumn 2018, we consulted on a long-list of 100 candidate sites for potential addition to the Scottish 4G Infill programme. These sites, alongside others identified during the consultation process, were assessed for their potential impact on population and geographic coverage, and improved coverage at tourism sites and along transport routes.
This process has now concluded and on 18 February 2019 we announced the inclusion of further sites to the programme via our website. However, this does not guarantee the delivery of new masts in all locations. The delivery of new masts will be primarily dependent on the commitment of at least one mobile network operator to provide a 4G service from the site. We continue to work with WHP – our delivery partner – to secure these commitments for as many sites as possible.
No extra funding is being added to the programme. It is anticipated that up to 50-60 sites in total could be delivered by the overall £25 million funding envelope of the programme.