Scotland’s Digital Strategy Realising Scotland’s full potential in a digital world was published on Wednesday. Digital skills, cyber security, digital diversity are all included in the document. The Strategy includes recognition of the disadvantage rural Scotland is facing due to a lack of digital connectivity.
Regarding Broadband rollout, the strategy commits Scottish Government to take actions to –
1. Ensure that every premise in Scotland is able to access broadband speeds of 30Megabits per second by 2021
2. Launch a public consultation in Q2 2017 to confirm the areas in which Scottish Government need to intervene to deliver 100% broadband coverage and then begin the procurement process son after in order to start deployment in 2018
3. Ensure 4G coverage is available on A and B roads and main railway lines
4. Urge UK Government and Ofcom to apply the ‘outside-in’ principle when auctioning for 5G deployment to ensure operators deliver coverage to rural areas before urban areas
5. Establish a 5G Hub in partnership with the industry and academia to ensure Scotland is at forefront of 5G research and deployment
6. Develop understanding of the Internet of Things and how Scotland can benefit
7. Ensure all of Scotland’s cities have internationally competitive connectivity
8. Extend Scotland’s Internet Exchange across multiple sites
9. Use Scotland’s Business Rates system to incentivise the commercial delivery of new fibre and mast infrastructure
10. Take advantage of Building Standards policy to help ensure new buildings are digital ready
11. Support Community Broadband Scotland to deliver a pipeline of 16 community network, with the potential to connect up to 8,000 premises.
12. Develop, test and make decisions based on robust models of investment drawing on the latest international data on the economic and social value of digital connectivity.