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Scotland’s R100 FTTP Broadband Build Tops 24,000 Premises

Friday, Jun 30th, 2023 (12:11 pm) - Score 1,432
Audit Scotland Map R100 Contract LOTs

The Scottish Government has, in response to a Freedom of Information Request, published a useful progress update on their £600m Reaching 100% (R100) project with Openreach (BT), which reveals that 24,194 premises have now been covered by their rollout of a new “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) capable ISP network.

At present 96% of premises in Scotland already have access to such a network and a further 115,000 premises are planned to be covered across the three R100 contract LOTs by March 2028 (here and here). LOT 1 (North Scotland and the Highlands) is expected to cover 60,764 premises (100% via FTTP) by 2027/28, while LOT 2 (Central Scotland) will reach 32,216 premises (95.6% via FTTP and the rest FTTC) by 2023/24 and LOT 3 (Southern Scotland) targets 21,889 premises (100% via FTTP) by 2024/25.

NOTE: In Scotland the responsibility for broadband is devolved to Westminster, but that doesn’t stop local and devolved authorities from making their own investments (e.g. R100). Funding for R100 includes £592.2m of Scottish Government investment, £49.4m of UK Government investment and £54.1m from BT.

The latest figure of 24,194 premises completed – across the whole of R100 – represents an increase from the 20,000 reported in March 2023 (plus 3,172 connections via vouchers, which is up from 2,800 in March). But there’s clearly still a long way to go and the focus on remote rural areas means that the deployment pace will be fairly slow, although it’s already running years behind the original target of completion by the end of 2021.

However, the new FoI Request – as spotted by Thinkbroadband today, goes further than previous updates by giving both a rundown of the progress by each contracted LOT and by each constituency under the hardest North (LOT1) contract. The data for this is to the very end of May 2023.

R100 Rollout Progress vs Target

  Premises delivered (R100 Contract) Premises delivered (R100 Vouchers) Premises left (R100)
Lot 1 (North) 6,897 1,859 53,867
Lot 2 (Central) 8,905 810 23,311
Lot 3 (South) 8,392 503 13,497

R100 Progress – LOT 1 (North Scotland and Highlands)

  R100 North Contract R100 Vouchers
Aberdeen Central 0 0
Aberdeen Donside 165 2
Aberdeen South and North Kincardine 435 29
Aberdeenshire East 696 205
Aberdeenshire West 595 256
Angus North and Mearns 758 162
Angus South 0 74
Argyll and Bute 1,210 83
Banffshire and Buchan Coast 0 129
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross 1,121 139
Dundee City East 0 2
Dundee City West 0 17
Inverness and Nairn 395 41
Moray 0 229
Na h-Eileanan an Iar 0 0
Orkney Islands 342 66
Perthshire North 448 117
Shetland Islands 429 35
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch 303 271
Stirling 0 2
Total 6,897 1,859

Meanwhile, we’re still waiting to hear how the UK government’s Project Gigabit funding for Scotland (aka – LOT 39) will be handled, although the first procurements should launch sometime later this year. Some 447,170 premises across Scotland may need support from public funding to help them gain access to a gigabit-capable (1000Mbps) broadband service (here), which could rise if existing plans (inc. commercial builds) fall short.

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Mark-Jackson
By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on X (Twitter), Mastodon, Facebook and .
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3 Responses
  1. Avatar photo 4chAnon says:

    Just an FYI Mark, power is devolved FROM Westminster, not from Scotland to it.

    1. Avatar photo Martin says:

      In this case, the phrase used should be ‘reserved to Westminster’. Broadband isn’t devolved to Scotland, therefore remains at central Government.

      You’re right about the (mis)use of the term. Nothing is devolved to Westminster!

  2. Avatar photo Gary GaryH says:

    Sadly the Premises left number you give excludes the ones they decided were not worth bothering with like mine and those around me, R100 ‘the joke is in the name’

    24000 connections passed in how many years ? And a reaching 100% project that does not.

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