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Scottish 4G infill programme: progress update

Published: 14 Dec 2020

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

Published:
14 Dec 2020
Scottish 4G infill programme: progress update

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

Progress updates on mast sites

We are pleased to report the following progress on the mast sites currently in the Scottish 4G Infill programme.
Following a pause in build and site activities which came into effect on 23 March 2020, work has now resumed following current COVID-19 guidelines. 

We are delighted to confirm that six sites previously removed from the programme have been reinstated, with the programme having now secured the interest of a mobile network operator(s) in using the sites. The sites are: Garvald, Carrine, Applecross Forest, Bruray, Crinan and Balmacara

Sites live
 

Position on the sites map

Site location

Progress update

Blairmore 4G services are now available from EE.
4 Ettrick 4G services are now available from Vodafone and O2.
6 Strathconon 4G services are now available from EE.
7 New Luce This mast is complete. 4G services are now available from Vodafone, and 4G services will be available from EE in the coming months.
18 Selivoe 4G services from EE are now available.
21 Little Mill 4G services from EE are now available. 

Sites currently at Build Stage

Position on the sites map

Site location

Progress update

1

Collieston

Construction work has completed.  4G services from EE are expected to be available spring 2021.
3 Manish Construction work is underway. 4G services from EE are expected to be available summer 2021.

5

Lemreway

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

8

Tarskavaig

Construction is completed. 4G services from EE are expected to be available early 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.
10 Bunessan Construction work is completed. 4G services from EE are expected to be available spring 2021.
11 Traquair Construction work is underway. 4G services from EE are expected to be available summer 2021.

12

Glenbarr

Construction is completed. 4G services from EE are expected to be available early 2021. 
13 Ae Construction work is underway. 4G services from EE are expected to be available summer 2021.
14 Glencripesdale Construction is completed. 4G services from EE are expected to be available spring 2021.
15 Polbain Construction work is underway. 4G services from EE are expected to be available summer 2021.
16 Killilan Construction is completed with a power connection ongoing. 4G services from EE are expected to be available summer 2021.
17 Chapeltown Construction is completed. 4G services from EE are expected to be available spring 2021.

19

Whitropefoot

Construction work has completed. 4G services from EE are expected to be available early 2021.
20 Ranish Construction work is underway. 4G services from EE are expected to be available next year.
22 Loch Head Construction work is underway. 4G services from EE are expected to be available next year.
23 Auchenhessnane Construction work is completed with fibre and power connections ongoing. 4G services from EE are expected to be available Summer 2021.
25 Cairngarroch Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and EE has agreed to use this site. Construction work has started late November.
28 Inverchoran Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and EE has agreed to use this site. Construction work will commence in December.
29 Rackwick Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and EE has agreed to use this site. Construction work will commence in January.
33 Baymore Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and EE has agreed to use this site. Construction work will commence in January.
34 Deerness Construction is completed with the transmission connection ongoing. 4G services from EE are expected to be available summer 2021.
36 Bruray Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and EE has agreed to use this site. Construction work has started late November.

Sites at Pre-Build Stage

Position on the sites map

Site location

Progress update

24

Bogton Turiff

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.

26

Brecklate

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

Glasnakille

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.

30

Ardlussa

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.

31

Craighouse

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.

32

Kinlochspelve

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.

35

Skerray

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.

43

Garvald Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and an MNO has just recently agreed to use this site. Build will commence early next year.
44 Carrine Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and an MNO has just recently agreed to use this site.  Build will commence early next year.
45 Applecross Forest Planning permission and landowner consents are in place, and an MNO has just recently agreed to use this site. Build will commence early next year.
46 Balmacara 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.

Potential additional candidate sites

We are investigating the addition of the following 6 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.

Position on the sites map

Site location

37

Muircroft

38

Cullipool

39

Charlestown

40

Blackhill

 

41 Bruray
42 Crinan

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. 

This is because no mobile network operators have committed to using them. In addition, at Pennan, the proposed mast was unsuccessful in achieving planning permission from the local planning authority.

  • Pennan*
  • Outertown
  • Hoy
  • Deanburnhaugh
  • Arnisdale
  • Stronachlachar
  • Ham
  • Drummuir
  • Bettyhill
  • Mallaig
  • Kilchoman
  • Cuidrach
  • Clova
  • Garvald (Mendick)
  • Kinlochard
  • Berneray Harbour
  • Eriskay
  • Strathyre
  • Watten
  • Clachan Seil

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: DigitalPMO@gov.scot

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

Telephone: 0300 244 4000