Public buildings are to be identified for masts to enable greater connectivity using 4G and 5G.
Infralink is a ‘toolkit’ designed to help companies find suitable locations for masts.
The Infralink toolkit guides the user through the process for siting and operating mobile network equipment so that this becomes easier and faster – ensuring Scotland has the best digital connectivity for its diverse communities.
124 mobile masts are to be erected to solve the problem of ‘notspots’ in many of Scotland’s rural areas.
Describing it as a ‘game-changing move’, Scottish Government Connectivity Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:
“The changes in the way we use digital technology to stay connected over past twelve months have shown how vital reliable digital connectivity is in all of our lives.
“Continued investment in mobile infrastructure, and the tools to remove barriers and make collaboration straightforward for all parties involved is essential to Scotland’s social and economic recovery from the pandemic.”
Led by the Scottish Futures Trust the programme is funded by The Scotland 5G Centre.
Sarah Eynon, Infralink Programme Lead at Scottish Future’s Trust, said:
“The Infralink programme provides the ideal opportunity for forward thinking local authorities and public sector organisations to reap the huge benefits from improved connectivity without overburdening their current resources.
“It offers a win-win situation for both the public sector and operators, but Scottish citizens and businesses will reap the ultimate rewards.”