New technologies will bring more connectivity to rural areas – not only will this bridge the digital divide but will result in there being many significant benefits for the communities, homes, schools, and industries of Scotland’s rural areas to enjoy.
Our expert speakers at our Unlocking the Power of 5G in Rural Areas webinars introduced their respective projects and how 5G and further innovations has the potential to transform Scotland.
Jane Morrison-Ross, Chief Executive Officer of South of Scotland Enterprise gave the keynote speech introducing the SOSE and the support they have been providing the South of Scotland over the last two years including throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. Jane noted that the South of Scotland & borderlands have collectively bid for the City of Culture, 2025 – the first time a non-city has been allowed to bid, allowing the area to showcase its heritage and culture and put innovation and innovative technology at the heart of the area.
During the panel session, Paul Coffey, CEO at the Scotland 5G Centre, was joined by Ceren Clulow, Digital Connectivity Manager, Nottinghamshire County Council, Alex Kowlaski, Chief Operating Officer, Neuron Innovations, Simon Haston, CTIO: Regions & Devolved Government, BT and Michael Armitage, Founder and CEO of Broadway Partners.
The panel highlighted the opportunities which 5G presents for rural communities and the barriers to overcome to make advanced technology a reality across Scotland.
Further reading:projects rural innovation event blog