The Scottish Government has committed to delivering a future-proofed infrastructure that will provide world-class digital connectivity across the whole of Scotland by 2021, enabling anyone in Scotland to connect and communicate instantly using any device, anywhere, anytime. As part of this commitment, the Scottish Government and Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) contracted BT through two contracts, to deliver superfast broadband access to 95 per cent of premises in Scotland by December 2017. In 2017, the Scottish Government announced additional investment of £600 million to reach 100 per cent coverage.
We have previously published two reports (February 2015 and August 2016) examining the procurement of the contracts, and the progress being made in rolling-out superfast broadband and towards the Scottish Government's wider world-class digital ambition.
We plan to publish a short report in August 2018 examining the Scottish Government's progress towards its world class ambitions. The report will:
Report on delivery of the two contracts with BT and whether contractual targets were met. This will include the coverage and speeds achieved under the contracts, total spend and any claw-back funding realised.
Consider what the Scottish Government is doing to extend superfast broadband to 100 per cent of premises, including the procurement of the next round of contracts under what is known as the R100 project.
Consider the Scottish Government's progress towards its wider ambitions of a world-class digital infrastructure.