5G Coming to Glasgow
5G may become available in Glasgow within 18 months.
14:48 03 December 2018
Smartphone users in Glasgow may be able to take advantage of 5G technology within 18 months as the next stage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is introduced.
In February, the Digital Glasgow Board was created to develop a digital strategy that can improve connectivity across the city. The report, which discusses transforming public services, driving economic growth and advancing the quality of life and environment, has been presented at the city administration committee on Wednesday.
Glasgow City Council leader, Councillor Susan Aitken, said: “This is the fourth industrial revolution in terms of digital connectivity. This is not just about economic development, inclusion, or social justice or modernising public services. All of them are connected.
“We will be working in coordination with our partners, not in isolation. We will be following the other cities in the UK who are creating a digital strategy and allow 5G connectivity to be implemented in Glasgow.
“Glasgow lags behind other cities. We want to be part of the digital industrial revolution.”
The move has been praised by Glasgow’s chief executive of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Stuart Patrick. He said: “The use of digital technologies for Glasgow businesses is vital for competitiveness and trade.
“The recent announcement by Barclays to create a major tech hub in the city alongside our well established start-up community is really encouraging for the sector.
“This strategy sets out plans for developing digital skills amongst the city’s population – which are vital for sustaining these industries. Additionally, we welcome its focus on using digital technologies to improve the delivery of public services.
“We welcome the new strategy and look forward to working with our partners to ensure its delivery for the citizens and businesses of Glasgow.”