Digital Infrastructure

Last updated 12 December 2017

In June 2016, the option of subscribing to a next-generation access network (NGA) was available to 88% of residential and business premises in Scotland. This was up by 3 percentage points from the previous year.



Improving digital infrastructure through increased availability of next generation broadband connectivity is critical to Scotland's future. It will enable delivery of the future generation of digital public services, health and social care (e.g. telehealth). Digital public services will provide services which are easier, quicker and more convenient for people to use, and at a lower cost than other methods. This will bring about public sector efficiencies and savings. Broadband must also be considered in the context of the wider reform of public services. Such connectivity will support future innovation in the digital economy and ensure Scotland's business base can grow and remain competitive in the global digital environment. It will help the transition to a low carbon economy - allowing people to travel less and work from home. It will also play a critical role in driving rural economic growth and competitiveness, creating more and better jobs and opening up new opportunities for different ways of living and working that encourage strong and growing rural towns and villages and respects and protects our environment.


This indicator measures the proportion of residential and non-residential premises that are within postcodes where next generation broadband is available. It should be noted that the 2011-2014 figures are not directly comparable as Ofcom has refined the measurement methodology in each report. Most recently, Ofcom refined the methodology for data collection and analysis for their NGA estimates in the 2014 report. The data is therefore not directly comparable with figures from previous years. The revision to the methodology provides more accurate estimates of NGA coverage across the UK. This year, Ofcom has collected more detailed information about the percentage of premises in each postcode with NGA access. Ofcom estimates that last year’s coverage figure would have been approximately 2% lower under the refined methodology.  Criteria for dashboard recent performance colour: any difference within +/- 1 percentage point of last year's figure suggests that the position is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change. An increase of 1 percentage point or more suggests the position is improving; whereas a decrease of 1 percentage point or more suggests the position is worsening.


Figures for this indicator are provided by Ofcom. Ofcom reports on the proportion of residential and non-residential premises that are within postcodes where cable, fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP), collectively known as next-generation access, is available. This data used for the indicator is published by Ofcom:


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