Interest parties from Glasgow City are applying for up to £100 million available from the UK Government to trial innovative uses of 5G network technology.
Glasgow City Council said that a successful bid for £100 million of funding could catapult it into pole position as the UK’s smartest 5G city. If successful, Glasgow intends aims to use 5G infrastructure to boost the city’s economy, health, entertainment, education and employment opportunities.
5G is expected to transform the way businesses and services around the world work and present an array of opportunities for media, virtual reality and gaming as well as the growing number of internet connected devices such as smart watches, intelligent street lights, and even connected cars.
The Department for Digital, Cultural, Media and Sport (DCMS) is offering investment in a UK city as part of its 5G Testbed and Trials Programme. If Glasgow becomes successful in securing the funding, it would be used to install infrastructure to support 5G trials and will definitely put the city ahead from others.
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said, “Glasgow has ambitions to be a world class city in which everyone flourishes and, if successful, this funding bid could help put us ahead of the curve in digital connectivity”.