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Scottish 4G infill programme: progress update

Published: 3 Feb 2021
Last updated: 24 Aug 2021 - see all updates

Progress made on the mast sites currently in the Scottish 4G Infill programme and information about how mast sites progress to delivery.

Published:
3 Feb 2021
Scottish 4G infill programme: progress update

Find out more about the Scottish 4G Infill programme using the following links:

Progress updates on mast sites

The Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust have worked in partnership to develop the Scottish 4G Infill Programme (S4GI).  The S4GI programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support activity in the Highlands and Islands.

We are pleased to report the following progress on the mast sites currently in the Scottish 4G Infill (S4GI) programme.

Sites Live

Position on the sites map

Site location

Progress update

1

Collieston

4G services are now available from EE.

2

Blairmore

4G services are now available from EE.

 

4

Ettrick

4G services are now available from Vodafone and O2.

5

Lemreway

4G services are now available from EE.

6

 Strathconon

4G services are now available from EE.

7

New Luce

4G services are now available from Vodafone and EE.

8

Tarskavaig

4G services are now available from EE.

10

Bunessan

4G services are now available from EE.

12

Glenbarr

4G services are now available from EE.

13

Ae

4G services are now available from EE.

14

Glenborrodale (formerly referred to as Glencripesdale)

4G services are now available from EE.

17

Chapeltown

4G services are now available from EE.

18

Reawick (formerly referred to as Selivoe)

4G services are now available from EE.

19

Whitropefoot

4G services are now available from EE.

21

 Littlemill

4G services are now available from EE.

 

22

Loch Head

4G services are now available from EE.

             34

Deerness

4G services are now available from EE.

25

Cairngarroch

4G services are now available from EE.

Sites currently at Build Stage

Position on the sites map

Site location

Progress update

3

Manish

Construction is completed, with power completed and fibre connection ongoing.  4G services from EE are expected to be available late 2021.

9

Applecross

Construction is completed with transmission connection ongoing, and EE has agreed to use this site.  Once the transmission connection is completed, we will be able to forecast service availability.

11

Traquair

Construction is completed, with fibre completed and power connection ongoing. 4G services from EE are expected to be available Summer 2021.

15

Polbain

Construction is completed.  4G services from EE are expected to be available Autumn 2021.

16

Killilan

Construction is completed.  4G services from EE are expected to be available Autumn 2021.

20

Ranish

Construction is completed with fibre and power completed.  4G services from EE are expected to be available Autumn 2021.

23

Auchenhessnane

Construction is completed.  4G services from EE are expected to be available Autumn 2021.

24

Bogton Turriff

Construction is completed, with fibre and power connections ongoing. 4G services from EE are expected to be available Autumn 2021

26

Brecklate

Construction is completed, with fibre completed and power connection ongoing. 4G services from EE are expected to be available late 2021

27

Elgol

Construction is completed with power and transmission connection ongoing, and EE has agreed to use this site.  Once the transmission connection is completed, we will be able to forecast service availability.

28

Inverchoran

Construction is completed. 4G services from EE are expected to be available Autumn 2021.

29

Rackwick

Construction is completed with transmission connection ongoing, and EE has agreed to use this site.  Once the transmission connection is completed, we will be able to forecast service availability.

30

Ardlussa

Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and EE has agreed to use this site. Construction work is underway.

31

Craighouse

Construction is complete with power completed and fibre connections ongoing. 4G services from EE are expected to be available late 2021

32

Lochbuie

Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and EE has agreed to use this site. Construction work is underway.

33

Baymore

Construction is completed with power complete and fibre connection ongoing. 4G services from EE are expected to be available Autumn 2021.

35

Skerray

Construction is completed with power and fibre connections ongoing. 4G services from EE are expected to be available Autumn 2021

36

Burray

Construction is completed. 4G services from EE are expected to be available Summer 2021.

40

Garvald

Construction is completed with fibre completed and power connection ongoing.  Vodafone and O2 have agreed to use this site.

41

Carrine

Construction is completed with power and fibre connection completed. Vodafone and O2 have agreed to use this site.

42

Applecross Forest

Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and Vodafone and O2 have agreed to use this site. Build will commence once the transmission and power solution has been confirmed and approved

53

Ellemford

Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and EE agreed to use this site. Construction work is underway.

Sites at Pre-Build Stage

Position on the sites map

Site location

Progress update

43

Balmacara

Planning permission has been granted with landowner consent ongoing. Agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been reached. Once landowner consent is in place build will commence.

44

Deanburnhaugh

Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and EE agreed to use this site.

45

Stronachlachlar

Planning permission and landowner consent ongoing. Agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been reached. Once landowner consent and planning are in place build will commence.

50

Kenmore

Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and EE agreed to use this site.

Potential additional candidate sites

We are investigating the addition of the following 9 candidate sites into the programme.

 

Site searches and initial discussions with planning authorities, local landowners and mobile network operators are underway. If agreements can be reached, we expect to add these sites to the programme at a later date.

38

Bruray

39

Crinan

46

Ham

47

The Craigs

48

Kinlochard

49

Inverie (formerly referred to as Mallaig)

51

Achosnich

52

Kilchoman

55

Rottal (formerly referred to as Clova)

 

Sites being removed from S4GI

Regrettably, we have no option but to remove the following previously proposed candidate sites from the Scottish 4G Infill Programme.  With the following exceptions, this is because no mobile network operators have committed to using them:

Carrick Castle*

Eriskay

Pennan†

Strathyre

Outertown

Watten

Hoy

Clachan Seil

Arnisdale

Cuidrach

Drummuir

Charlestown‡

Bettyhill

Muircroft‡

Garvald (Mendick)

Cullipool‡

Blackhill

Berneray Harbour*

* Carrick Castle, Berneray Harbour: removed as commercial services by EE were found to be available in the area.

† Pennan: in addition to no MNO interest, planning permission was refused following local opposition.

‡ Muircroft, Cullipool, Charlestown: removed as EE is now planning to deliver 4G services to these areas on a commercial basis.

How mast sites progress to delivery

Building a mobile mast from initial site selection to the final switch-on is a lengthy process involving several important stages. These can be complex and take time to achieve. 

When a mast site is included in the programme, WHP Telecoms Ltd – the Scottish Government’s Infrastructure Provider – begins site acquisition activity in order to achieve each of three fundamental consents to progress delivery of the mast.

These are: 

  • agreed terms with a landowner
  • achievement of planning permission from the local planning authority
  • commitment from at least one mobile network operator (EE, O2, Three, Vodafone) to providing 4G mobile services from that site

WHP Telecoms Ltd. is currently involved in intensive discussions with potential landlords, planning authorities, communities and mobile network operators to achieve these three consents.

During this process the exact site location is determined. This can differ from the indicative locations denoted by national grid references previously published by the Scottish Government.

All three of these consents must be in place before any physical mast build will take place.  At this stage, we will be in a position to give an indicative timeline for delivery of mobile services.

If all three consents cannot be achieved, then regrettably that site will not be able to progress. However, we will keep the site under review should circumstances change.

Mobile masts also require a power supply and backhaul (ideally using fibre or alternatively a microwave connection back to national telecoms networks). Both must be at a cost that is affordable within the overall programme budget. In parallel with the site acquisition process, WHP Telecoms Ltd. is currently in active discussion with power and backhaul suppliers to achieve this.  Costs could be high if the local topography is challenging or if the site is distant from the nearest fibre route or electricity supply.

Once all of the above elements are in place, the mast will progress to the construction phase. Once completed, the mobile network operator can complete the process by installing their equipment and switching on the service.  

The programme will provide regular progress updates on this website with clear reasons should any masts be unable to progress.

Map of programme sites

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Contact

Email: digitalconnectivity@gov.scot

Post:
Scottish Government
Connectivity, Economy and Participation Division
Atlantic Quay
Glasgow
G2 8LU

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

First published: 3 Feb 2021 Last updated: 24 Aug 2021 -