Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon says she wants to position Scotland “as a 5G leader and a forward-looking digital nation”, as she unveiled plans to work with industry, regulatory and public sector bodies to support rolling out the technology.
Released this week, the Scottish Government’s ‘Forging our Digital Future with 5G’ plan stated the technology could add £17bn to GDP by 2035, “creating 160,000 jobs and increasing productivity by £1,600 a worker”.
The new network will offer faster mobile internet speeds, and enhanced connectivity that the government said could “transform transport, education, healthcare and agriculture”.
Unlike 4G, which requires large, high-powered cell towers to radiate signals over longer distances, 5G wireless signals can be transmitted via large numbers of small cell stations located in places like light poles or building roofs.
Sturgeon said there were “huge potential gains for the public sector” in the rollout of 5G.