Broadband and connectivity
We are working to improve and extend Scotland's broadband and mobile networks to benefit communities and businesses across the country.
Digital connectivity programmes include:
Reaching 100% (R100) programme
We are accelerating access to future-proofed full-fibre broadband networks. We are doing this through:
- the Reaching 100% (R100) programme contracts
- the R100 Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS)
- working with the UK Government to secure Scotland’s fair share of the £5 billion committed to extend gigabit-capable broadband across all of the UK
- prioritising early investment in Scotland’s islands and across rural Scotland
Scottish 4G Infill (S4GI) programme
Through the Scottish 4G Infill (S4GI) programme, we are investing to improve rural 4G mobile coverage. Our investment of £28.75 million (including £11.27 million of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) is now delivering future-proofed, 4G mobile infrastructure and services to 55 mobile “notspots” – providing connectivity in rural and island areas.
Facilitating 5G deployment
We are putting in place the right conditions to facilitate widespread deployment of 5G, and supporting the development and adoption of 5G use cases. In 2019, we published a 5G Strategy and established the Scotland 5G Centre and its network of regional 5G Innovation Hubs. Five hubs are now operational with the final two to follow by mid-2023.
Digital ambition and green recovery from COVID-19
To deliver our Green datacentres and digital connectivity: vision and action plan for Scotland, we are working with partners to attract commercial investment in international subsea fibre connections and sustainable Scottish datacentres to build Scotland’s profile as a leading zero-carbon, cost-competitive green data hosting location.
Internet of Things (IoT)
We are working with partners including CENSIS, Scottish Local Government Digital Office and Scotland’s enterprise agencies to support the adoption and scaling of IoT technologies across Scotland. Examples in use in Scotland include:
- monitoring river levels for flooding
- preventing damp in social housing
- understanding the performance of industrial machinery or the health and wellbeing of livestock
Full Fibre Charter
Through Scotland’s Full Fibre Charter and regular engagement, we work with telecoms operators and key stakeholders to proactively investigate barriers to telecoms deployment in order to maximise commercial investment across Scotland.
Collaboration with UK Government and OFCOM
We engage with the UK Government and OFCOM, who have legal and regulatory responsibility for the telecoms sector. This is to ensure they understand and consider our position in relation to the devolved matters that affect the sector. These matters include:
- building control
- road works
- planning and delivering the regulatory and pricing framework to meet the future needs of Scotland
How connectivity policy contributes to other areas
Digital connectivity policy contributes to a number of key cross-cutting policy statements and ambitions. This includes the Digital Strategy for Scotland (March 2021) and the 10-year National Strategy for Economic Transformation (NSET) (March 2022).
This sets out the critical role that digital is playing in our recovery from coronavirus, and how we can work together to enable Scotland to fulfil its potential, facing the challenges and opportunities digital brings and ensuring the societal and economic wellbeing of our people and our country.