Scottish Government Invests £4m to Boost Interest in 5G Mobile

Scottish Government Invests £4m to Boost Interest in 5G Mobile

The Scottish Government (SG) has today announced a new funding package of £4 million, which will be used to establish a new “national network of hubs” – S5GConnect Hubs – to help accelerate the adoption of ultrafast 5G based mobile (mobile broadband) technology across Scotland. However, this doesn’t reflect some new approach to computer networking, but rather new sites that the SG will use to promote innovation and investment, focussing on sectors relevant to their local areas. The Hubs will work with mobile operators and private network providers to accelerate regional 5G networks, offer a private network with advanced capabilities, as well as access to an accelerator facility and mentoring schemes. The hubs will also provide specific support packages for small businesses, such as to support SME engagement where they can develop, prototype and test real-world experiments and use cases over a 5G innovation platform. SMEs will also be able to benefit from a one-to-one consultancy and professional support to develop and scale businesses. “The 5G revolution presents a significant opportunity for Scotland in the years ahead, particularly as we look to build the economic recovery on the back of Covid-19. Now is the time to develop something special for Scotland, by establishing a framework on which we can enhance and widen digital connectivity in all parts of the country through next-generation technologies. The Forth Valley Hub will initially focus on the delivery of digital platforms that support job creation, skills programmes, and innovation support for SME and R&D activities. Its first project will aim ...
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