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Scottish 4G infill programme: progress update

Published: 18 Feb 2019

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

Published:
18 Feb 2019
Scottish 4G infill programme: progress update
Information about the process of delivering mobile mast sites from initial site selection to the final switch-on is at the end of this page.

We are pleased to report the following progress on the mast sites currently in the Scottish 4G Infill programme:

Position on the sites map

Site location

Progress update

1.

Pennan

This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission and landowner consent are being sought.  The programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site which will be required in order for the site to progress.  At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

2.

Collieston

This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission is in place and landowner consent is being sought.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

3.

Garvald

This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission is in place and landowner consent is being sought.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

4.

Blairmore

This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission and landowner consent are being sought. Agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been reached. Once planning permission and landowner consent are in place, we will provide an update with an indicative delivery timescale.

5.

Manish

This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission and landowner consent are in place.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

6.

Outertown  This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission and landowner consent are being sought.  The programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site which will be required in order for the site to progress.  At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

7.

Ettrick

This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission and landowner consent is in place, and agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been confirmed.  The mast build process is underway and deployment of 4G services is expected within the next year.

8.

Bruray

This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission and landowner consent are in place.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

9.

Lemreway  This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission and landowner consent are in place.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

10.

Strathconon Estate This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission and landowner consent are in place.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

11.

Crinan

This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission and landowner consent are in place.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

12.

Mains of Larg This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission and landowner consent is in place, and agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been confirmed.  The mast build process is underway and deployment of 4G services is expected within the next year.

13.

Tarskavaig

This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission and landowner consent is in place, and agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been confirmed.  The mast build process is underway and deployment of 4G services is expected within the next year.

14.

Applecross

This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission and landowner consent is in place, and agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been confirmed.  The mast build process is underway and deployment of 4G services is expected within the next year.

15.

Carrine

This is one of the programme's initial 16 sites. Planning permission and landowner consent are in place.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

16.

Deanburnhaugh

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

17.

Arnisdale

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

18.

Stronachlachar

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

19.

Foula This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

20.

Drummuir

This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission is in place and landowner consent is being sought.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

21.

Bettyhill

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

22.

Bunessan

This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission is in place and landowner consent is being sought.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

23.

Garvald

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

24.

Kinlochard

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

25.

Mallaig

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

26.

Traquair

This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission and landowner consent are being sought. Agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been reached. Once planning permission and landowner consent are in place, we will provide an update with an indicative delivery timescale.

27.

Balmacara

This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission is in place and landowner consent is being sought.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

28.

Eriskay

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

29.

Glenbarr

This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission and landowner consent is in place, and agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been confirmed.  The mast build process is underway and deployment of 4G services is expected within the next year.

30.

Strathyre

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

31.

Watten

This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission is in place and landowner consent is being sought.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

32.

Ae

This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission is in place and landowner consent is being sought.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

33.

Glencripsdale

This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission and landowner consent are being sought. Agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been reached. Once planning permission and landowner consent are in place, we will provide an update with an indicative delivery timescale.

34.

Polbain

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

35.

Clachan Seil

This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission is in place and landowner consent is being sought.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

36.

Burray

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

37.

Killilan

This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission and landowner consent are being sought. Agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been reached. Once planning permission and landowner consent are in place, we will provide an update with an indicative delivery timescale.

38.

Kilchoman

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

39.

Berneray Harbour

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

40.

Chapeltown

This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission and landowner consent are being sought. Agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been reached. Once planning permission and landowner consent are in place, we will provide an update with an indicative delivery timescale.

41.

Selivoe

This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission and landowner consent are being sought. Agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been reached. Once planning permission and landowner consent are in place, we will provide an update with an indicative delivery timescale.

42.

Applecross Forest

This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission and landowner consent are in place.  However the programme has, to date, been unable to secure the interest of a 4G mobile network operator in using the site and for this reason, the site is currently unable to progress. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

43.

Cuidrach

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

44.

Hoy

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.

45.

Clova

This site was added to the programme in February 2019.  Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities, landowners and 4G mobile network operators is now underway. At this stage, no indicative timescale for site delivery can be given.
46. Whitropefoot This site was added to the programme in February 2019. Planning permission and landowner consent is in place, and agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been confirmed.  The mast build process is underway and deployment of 4G services is expected within the next year.
47. Ranish  This site was added to the programme in September 2019. Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities and landowners are underway.  Agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been reached.  Once planning permission and landowner consent is in place, we will provide and update with indicative timescales.
48. Little Mill This site was added to the programme in September 2019. Site search and initial discussions with planning authorities and landowners are underway.  Agreement with a 4G mobile network operator has been reached.  Once planning permission and landowner consent is in place, we will provide and update with indicative timescales.
  Carrick Castle High Road Site removed from the programme as services from EE are now available in the area.

 

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 supplier in the programme – undertakes 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.

It is during this process that the exact site location will be determined – and this can differ from the indicative locations denoted by national grid references previously published by the Scottish Government.

In our programme, each of the three above 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 the programme is unable to achieve all three consents, then regrettably we will be unable to progress with that site – however we will keep the site under review should circumstances change.

The mast also requires a power supply and backhaul (a fibre or microwave connection back to national telecoms networks) 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, 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.

 

Contact

Email: DigitalPMO@gov.scot

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

Telephone: 0300 244 4000