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CONNECTIVITY


Glasgow launches portal to boost 5G connectivity


New telecoms unit to attract digital infrastructure investment from industry


BY STAFF REPORTER


Glasgow City Council has developed a pioneering telecoms unit and portal that will work with industry to attract, acceler- ate and facilitate digital infra- structure investment in the city to support the next generation of 5G connectivity. Te portal – a first in Scotland,


which can be found at www. glasgow.gov.uk/telecoms – is a single point of entry for industry, providing a source of information for any queries from telecoms companies. Te unit and portal were cre-


ated as a result of the council’s recognition that investment from the telecoms sector is key to its ambitions for digital connectiv- ity across its services and for the city’s residents and businesses, and was developed with the sup- port of the Scottish Government. It will provide vital informa-


tion to the industry such as the identification and publication of relevant council assets, and data layers can be downloaded from the asset catalogue to comple- ment industry data systems. Te unit will also establish a


transparent framework for pric- ing for access to council assets, streamline internal processes to ease applications from the indus- try for access to these assets and the deployment of infrastructure, and develop standardised legal documentation to govern such access. It is hoped the tools will help to accelerate digital infrastructure


investment in the city and ensure compliance to legislation and guidance, such as the Electronic Communications Code. Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) is currently pioneering such an approach as part of a nationwide suite of tools being developed under its new Infralink programme.


Councillor Angus Millar, chair of the Digital Glasgow Board, said: “Now more than ever, digital con- nectivity is vital to supporting our economy and helping the city’s residents connect with each other


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and access public services. Te establishment of Glasgow’s new Telecoms Unit and Portal will improve our engagement with the telecoms industry to make it easier for the city to secure invest- ment in crucial digital infrastruc- ture.” Scotland’s connectivity minis-


ter, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “5G connectivity presents a significant opportunity for us in the years ahead, especially as we look to build back from the coronavirus pandemic. Te Scottish Govern- ment’s investment of £400,000


recognises the commitment made by Glasgow City Council to facili- tate private sector investment in telecoms infrastructure, including 5G, in the city. “I welcome this innovative


project which fulfils a key com- mitment in our 2019 5G strategy, and we look forward to seeing Glasgow reap the benefits. Te project complements other activi- ties currently being taken forward by the Scottish Government and the Scotland 5G Centre designed to break down the barriers to tele- coms investment in Scotland.” l


The telecoms portal and unit will help with 5G deployment in Glasgow


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