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S5W-03143: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the comments by the First Minister on 25 May 2016 (Official Report, c. 9), regarding broadband access that “by 2021, we intend to reach 100 per cent of premises across the country”; what minimum speed of broadband will be available by 2021, and what plans it has to increase speeds beyond then.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 5 October 2016

Beyond this, we are working with Scottish Futures Trust to develop our World Class Digital Infrastructure programme. This is looking beyond immediate coverage priorities and taking a longer term view, with the aim of ensuring that Scotland has the underlying infrastructure that can support the future evolution of digital technologies – whether from superfast to ultrafast networks, or from 4G to 5G. This work is identifying key infrastructure requirements, assessing commercial models and determining how the public sector most effectively stimulate commercial investment and activity in these areas.

The Scottish Government is committed to extending superfast broadband access to 100 per cent of premises across Scotland by 2021.