Whether you’re a business, a local authority or journalist, there are some key 5G resources that will help you understand Scotland’s 5G opportunities, aspirations and sources of help. We've signposted them for you.

  • 5G in Scotland

    Scotland Government 5G Strategy

    Date: August 2019

    The Scottish Government wants Scotland to be at the forefront of the 5G revolution, believing 5G technology can bring huge social, economic and environmental benefits.

    Its 5G strategy – Forging our Digital Future with 5G – tells you more.

    Read it

    5G RuralFirst

    Date: Project ended 2019

    This project was a precursor to our own 5G Rural Testbed project.

    Led by Cisco, working with University of Strathclyde and other partners, it showcased the potential of 5G in the rural environment.

    Read it

    Deloitte Report on Scotland’s Digital Potential with Enhanced 4G and 5G Capability

    Date: August 2019

    In 2019, Deloitte assessed the potential economic impact of enhanced digital connectivity in Scotland and found a potential economic uplift worth up to £17 billion in GDP by 2035.

    Read it
  • 5G and health

    Scottish Government position on 5G and health

    Date: August 2019

    The Scottish Government’s most recent position statement and advice on 5G in relation to public health.

    Read it

    Mobile UK: 5G and Health


    Extensive research has been carried out, for many years now, to assess whether mobile phones or network signals pose a potential danger to human health – to date, no adverse health effects have been established.

    Mobile UK have set out to showcase factually accurate information to help alleviate any concerns and improve understanding about 5G.


    ICNIRP Guidelines

    Date: March 2020

    ICNIRP – the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection – guidelines on limiting exposure to electromagnetic fields, covering all frequencies used for mobile telecommunications in the UK. 5G levels are well within these guidelines.

    Read it

    Ofcom research on exposure to electromagnetic fields

    Date: April 2020

    Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has carried out research on electromagnetic field (EMF) measurements near 5G mobile phone base stations (including in Scotland), and published its research results. Useful for anyone looking to rebut 5G conspiracy theories

    Read it
  • 5G and security

    Safe, secure and prosperous: a cyber resilience strategy for Scotland

    Date: 2015

    The Scottish Government’s national framework for helping Scotland’s people, businesses and public sector use technology securely, and respond to and prevent cyber crime.

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  • Support for businesses

    UK5G Supplier Directory

    Date: June 2020

    UK5G have launched the 5G Suppliers Directory, created to harness efficiencies in building effective 5G innovation trials within the UK.

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    Scottish Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Guide

    Date: March 2020

    A snapshot of the different entrepreneurial support organisations, incubators, accelerators, Innovation Centres and co-working spaces in Scotland.

    Read it
  • General 5G news

    Ofcom Report

    Technology Futures – spotlight on the technologies shaping communications for the future

    Published in January 2021, Ofcom’s ‘Technology Futures’ Report shines a light on the innovative, emerging technologies that could shape the communications industry in the future.


    World Economic Forum

    5G Outlook Series: Enabling Inclusive Long-term Opportunities

    In January 2021, the World Economic Forum concluded their 5G Outlook Series of publications from 2020. The series has been analysing the role of 5G in the short, medium and long term in the context of the pandemic and the economic crisis.



    UK5G is the UK’s national 5G innovation network and you’ll find a huge range of 5G news, resources and discussions on its website, updated almost daily.

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