We are working on delivering and managing a wide range of infrastructure and finance programmes that support Scottish Government’s National Infrastructure Mission and can inform policy ambitions for decarbonisation and inclusive growth.
When interacting to agree locations and terms for new and existing digital infrastructure numerous challenges are being faced by the public sector and industry. A mixture of complexity of process and new legislation has resulted in a lack of engagement between the two sectors that could negatively impact 4G and in time 5G connectivity. What is needed are national tools to help the two sides reengage to reopen the discussion about improving connectivity across Scotland.
The Infralink programme, led by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), and supported by Connected Places Catapult, DWF and FarrPoint, aims to establish a national framework that is workable, balanced and transparent. It will build off existing developments and set out best practice to provide a basis for meaningful discussion.
The Infralink programme will develop a set of tools to support its work and include:
In the development of these tools, Infralink will engage with the mobile industry and public sector organisations (Scottish Government, public sector agencies and local authorities) that have assets either in parts of Scotland or across the country. We are aiming to cover rural and urban areas, land and buildings, areas of existing industry interest and new areas to support future opportunities such as the Shared Rural Network.
The benefits of delivering and using these tools will be: