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S5W-20160: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking as part of its R100 scheme to co-ordinate with commercial suppliers to ensure that there is no overlap and that 100% coverage is reached.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 3 December 2018

The R100 Open Market Review took place between November 2016 and January 2017 to identify those premises that did not have access to superfast broadband at the time, and those for which there were no commercial delivery plans over the following three year period. This is a necessary precursor to public sector investment in broadband infrastructure and ensures that we do not overbuild commercial suppliers.

This information was used to form the basis of a draft ‘intervention area’, which was subsequently tested through a State Aid Public Consultation in June 2017. In choosing to exclude urban premises from the main procurement, we have placed the onus for delivering solutions in these areas onto commercial suppliers. I have been encouraged by discussions with the suppliers around their plans for doing so with recent announcements of investment by CityFibre being one such example of progress outwith the R100 intervention area.