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S5W-14341: Peter Chapman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government when it anticipates that the 5.4% of premises that currently have broadband speeds of less than 15 Mbps will have speeds of 24Mbps or more.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 20 February 2018

Every premise that is currently unable to access superfast broadband, including those that currently receive less than 15Mbps, will have access to speeds greater than 30Mbps by the end of 2021. 

The Scottish Government recently announced an investment of £600 million in the initial phase of our Reaching 100% (R100) programme that, working alongside commercial investment, will help deliver that objective.

The initial procurement for the programme has now launched. It is expected to last around 12 months, and we aim to announce initial plans in early 2019, once contracts have been agreed.