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Rural and Urban broadband coverage in Scotland

Rural and Urban superfast broadband coverage in Scotland

It has been 14 months[1] since we last provided an update on the spread of superfast broadband availability across Scotland using the ONS rural/urban definitions to split the premises in many postcodes into their various categories. For those living in what are considered a very remote rural area the 54.4% superfast availability figure while a significant improvement on the figures from over a year ago illustrates why people who live those areas are so vocal and may feel justified when saying the roll-outs have ignored them, but then given two years ago figure was zero, it is incorrect to say the most rural areas have been missed out totally. NOTE The contracted target, or at least the one quoted most often in Scotland is a 95% fibre based broadband by end of 2017 and at 96.2% it appears this has already been passed in Scotland, but we suspect there is a speed qualifier of 5, 10 or 15 Mbps that needs to be applied to that.

Our table is presenting the 30 Mbps and faster figures as most people accept that superfast broadband is currently the point at which people stop complaining, since you can stream a few videos and still browse the web with 30 Mbps.

Area

Premises

Superfast Coverage 30 Mbps and faster

8/2010

8/2011

8/2012

8/2013

8/2014

8/2015

8/2016

27/11/17

Large Urban Area

40%

1,039,251

69.3% 69.7% 74.5% 81.4% 87.8% 93% 96.1% 98.2%
Other Urban Area

28.3%

735,822

42.7% 45.1% 50.5% 66% 85.1% 90.1% 94.4% 98.5%
Accessible Rural

12.9%

336,203

4.1% 4.8% 6% 9.6% 20% 44.1% 58.5% 72.1%
Accessible Small Town

8.3%

214,634

4.5% 4.5% 6% 12.8% 48.1% 73.6% 86.6% 96.3%
Remote Rural

3.4%

87,938

0% 0% 0.6% 0.7% 6.9% 26.3% 42.5% 60.6%
Very Remote Rural

3.2%

83,782

0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 11.7% 33.5% 54.4%
Remote Small Town

2.4%

63,442

0% 0% 5.5% 5.5% 36.4% 72.3% 86.8% 96.2%
Very Remote Small Town

1.4%

35,971

0% 0% 0% 0% 9.5% 71.1% 87.5% 95.8%

In addition to the data from 27th November we have added the number of actual premises as well as the percentage of Scotland the definition covers to further help people visualise the levels of work still to do as Scotland works towards getting its R100 contract(s) signed.

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  1. ^ 14 months (www.thinkbroadband.com)
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