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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-34832
Asked by: Keith Brown, Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 28 January 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what percentage of (i) households and (ii) business premises have had access to superfast broadband since 2016.

Current status: Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 11 February 2021


Answer

Ofcom has provided the following figures for numbers of properties in Scotland able to access superfast broadband - of 30 Megabits per second (30Mbps) and above - by year.

Unfortunately, the figures provided do not break down between residential and business properties, and, on a directly comparable basis, only go as far back as 2017:

Year

Properties with superfast coverage (30Mbps+)

2020

2,581,836

2019

2,573,289

2018

2,563,554

2017

2,276,309

However, Ofcom’s Connected Nations annual reports for 2019 and 2020 provide information on coverage percentages across residential and commercial properties in Scotland, as set out in the following table:

Year

Superfast coverage in residential properties (%)

Superfast coverage in commercial properties (%)

2020

94

83

2019

92

83

 

Prior to 2019, these reports outline coverage percentages by non-SME properties and SME properties:

Year

Superfast coverage in non-SME properties (%)

Superfast coverage in SME properties (%)

2018

92

86

2017

87

78

2016

83

72

More information can be found on Ofcom’s website at:

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/research-and-data/multi-sector-research/infrastructure-research/connected-nations-2020 .

 

The Scottish Government, alongside our partners in the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme has played a key role in extending the reach of fibre broadband. Independent broadband analysis site, thinkbroadband (the same site the UK Government quotes in its own figures), states that 94.6% of premises across Scotland are now able to access superfast broadband speeds of 30Mbps and above – up from just 59.3% in 2014, when DSSB deployment began.

I am pleased to report that 10,655 premises in the constituency of Clackmannanshire and Dunblane now have access to fibre broadband, thanks to the DSSB roll-out, with over 10,398 of those being provided with access to superfast speeds at the UK definition of 24Mbps and above.