We have committed to delivering world-class, future proofed digital infrastructure across all of Scotland by 2020, with an initial milestone to deliver a step change by 2015.
We will deliver our 2015 target through two procurement exercises, a procurement for the Highlands and Islands, led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and a procurement for the rest of Scotland.
The Highlands and Islands project is already at an advanced stage and will reduce the digital divide across one of the most challenging rural areas in Scotland. This procurement plan therefore relates exclusively to our plans to improve digital connectivity across the rest of Scotland by 2015.
The core requirement of this procurement is to invest in infrastructure that will have the capacity to deliver speeds of 40 - 80Mbps for between 85% to 90% of premises, with a significant uplift in speeds for those where delivery of 40 - 80Mbps is not possible at this stage, including those areas where there is currently no level of service.
This procurement plan outlines the progress with delivering Step Change 2015 in the Highlands and Islands area and sets out the context, scope and key decisions concerning the procurement for the rest of Scotland and the issues that remain to be considered between now and the launch of the procurement exercise in September 2012.