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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00506: Sandra White (Glasgow Kelvin)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 14 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made with the roll-out of superfast broadband.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 21 December 2016

We are making excellent progress in extending access to superfast broadband across Scotland and remain on track to deliver 95% fibre coverage by the end of 2017.

That progress is supported by findings from Ofcom's Connected Nations 2016 report which indicates that superfast broadband coverage in Scotland has increased from 73% in 2015 to 83% in 2016 - the greatest increase across the UK, with a year-on-year rise of almost 14%, compared to an average of around 7% for the other nations.

Our £400 million investment through the Digital Scotland Superfast Programme is having a significant impact across Scotland, with around 679,000 homes and businesses connected so far.

And we will go further. We are committed to delivering 100% superfast coverage by 2021. Last week’s Budget confirmed an initial £51 million to support the first phase of activity to deliver that commitment, with further funding available in future years.