Who we work with
Working together to make changes across Scotland. Come join us.
As Scotland’s national Centre, driving the education, awareness and adoption of 5G technology and applications, we are keen to build up clear access to innovators in this field. If your organisation is eager to showcase your expertise or become a partner, then please connect with us.
We currently work with a diverse range of partners across our innovation hubs and projects, supporting businesses to develop their digital strategy and futureproof operations, products and services.
- Pioneering the evolution of digital transformation to benefit the Scottish economy
- Collaborating with technical specialists to provide expert advice
- Supporting organisations to procure and deploy 5G networks
- Fostering and exploring innovation for a smarter, more connected society
- Championing digital education and upskilling, and demonstrating the value of 5G
Head of Scotland & Northern Ireland, Vodafone Business
“Vodafone are delighted to partner with The Scotland 5G Centre, in Kilmarnock and Aberdeen. These testbeds will make sure Scottish businesses and public bodies have access to next-generation technologies, powered by state-of-the-art private 5G networks. It’s vital that leading-edge technologies are available to drive opportunity for both businesses and citizens and 5G is critical to deliver these opportunities, ensuring the benefits of digital reaches every community across Scotland.”
Our Delivery Partners
Vodafone in the UK is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. With decades of experience working in both the public and private sectors, Vodafone services span mobile, fixed-line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Vodafone has a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018.
Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers. Ericsson is a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – by providing hardware, software, and services to enable the full value of connectivity. One of Ericsson’s best-known innovations, the Bluetooth wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances has become ubiquitous since the first specification was released in 1999.
Nokia is a B2B technology innovation leader in networking, bringing together the world’s people, machines and devices to realize the potential of digital in every industry. Over the past three decades, Nokia have focused on transforming telecommunications from making the first GSM call to creating the first 3G network. with a new visual identity, Nokia is driving the future where networks meet cloud to accelerate digital transformation and maximize the opportunities it offers.
AWTG is an end-to-end engineering services and technology solutions provider operating in Telecommunications, Immersive Tourism, Smart Education, Smart Cities, Smart Retail and Shopping, Industry 4.0, Smart Health, New Media, Internet and other markets that employ digital technologies. AWTG’s technology solutions cover Digital Transformation, Rapid Prototyping, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Everything and Software. In 2014, AWTG deployed the first 5G test bed in the UK—including the first developed 5G core network in the UK.
Jacobs Engineering offers design, construction, consulting, and maintenance services for clients in a diverse range of industries, including energy, infrastructure, mobility, and cybersecurity. Jacobs work in partnership delivering some of the most challenging, diverse and innovative projects and programs globally. Operating in the UK for more than 25 years, Jacobs is a major employer of highly skilled professionals across the UK, employing some of the UK’s most experienced technical professional services practitioners; having grown to over 9,000 people at 35 locations across the UK.
Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Celona is credited with developing the industry’s fully turnkey 5G LAN solution for the enterprise. By leveraging the new shared cellular spectrum being made available worldwide, Celona’s 5G LAN system, for the first time, allows companies to own and operate their own mobile network infrastructure. With Celona’s unique turnkey solution, enterprises and mobile network operators can embed a connectivity thread through the value chain to address the growing demands for more deterministic wireless connectivity and vital use cases not met by conventional wireless alternatives.
Dr Marie Macklin C.B.E
Founder and Executive Chair, The HALO Urban Regeneration Company
“It’s an incredibly exciting time at The HALO and the opening of the S5GConnect HALO Kilmarnock hub highlights our commitment to enhancing both the local and national approach to digital and cyber. The HALO is setting the standard for low carbon energy sites across the UK offering a state-of-the-art environment for entrepreneurs specialising in green growth by building a sustainable community powered by renewable energy.” (Picture: Peter Devlin)
Our Innovation Partners
The HALO Urban Regeneration Company
The HALO is a net-zero carbon, mixed-use development providing its residents and the wider community with access to employment opportunities, clean energy and housing. Situated on a 23-acre brownfield site, HALO will generate £205 million and will stimulate 1,500 jobs, giving its commercial and residential tenants a site to ‘Live, Work, Learn and Play’. The focal point of HALO is the Enterprise & Innovation Centre, where our S5GConnect HALO Kilmarnock hub is based, which stimulates digital learning, and provides a conducive environment for digital, manufacturing and cyber businesses of all sizes.
Opportunity North East
Opportunity North East (ONE) is the private-sector economic development catalyst driving transformational change to diversify north east Scotland’s economy. ONE shapes the region’s future low-carbon economy and creates high-skill, high-value jobs through developing and delivering projects to accelerate business growth and increase productivity. S5GConnect Aberdeen is based within the ONE Tech Hub, an ambitious and fast-growing community of founders and businesses driving solutions of the future through the latest blockchain, AI, IOT and 5G technology.
South of Scotland Enterprise
South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) is the one-stop shop for businesses and enterprising communities throughout Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. They help people and enterprises in the South to thrive, grow, and fulfil their best potential. Every enterprise is different, and SOSE support is tailored to each stage and situation. Their services can include training, advice, specialist expertise, and funding.
The Crichton Trust
The Crichton wants to empower and enable a new cross-generational, business, academic and individual knowledge exchange community that shapes the ‘Future Economy’. They will be doing this primarily via the enterprising custodianship of The Crichton, creating a world-renowned home and destination for innovation; a place for people to cohabit and share ideas – all inspired by The Crichton’s extraordinary history, places and spaces. Behind the estate is The Crichton Trust where our S5GConnect Dumfries hub is based, is an innovative social enterprise leading The Crichton through its next exciting phase of development.
Scottish Futures Trust
Scottish Futures Trust is a non-profit organisation and was established by Scottish Government as a Centre of infrastructure expertise, they take a leadership role, providing additional skills, resources and knowledge to public sector organisations, supporting them plan, fund, deliver and manage their construction projects and buildings better. The strength of the organisation lies in bringing together a mix of skillsets, we have a diverse range of professionals from architects, surveyors to telecoms specialists, economists, and engineers, all of whom innovate and deliver significant infrastructure programmes across Scotland.
Across all business areas, ScottishPower is working to deliver a low carbon and sustainable future. They are the leaders in smart and renewable energy and have partnered with The HALO on their groundbreaking Urban Regeneration innovation project. The energy company will be a leader in The HALO’s Innovation and Enterprise Centre and its Digital and Cyber Zone where they will create a cyber and digital training and learning facility. It’s focus will be on young people, digital skills, energy innovations and development of decarbonised transport, heat and energy sector.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Highlands and Islands Enterprise are the economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland, building a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable economy across the Highlands and Islands, attracting more people to: live, work, study, invest and visit. Covering more than half of Scotland’s land mass from Shetland in the north to the southern tip of Argyll and including almost 100 inhabited islands, HIE has four priorities: accelerating business growth, strengthening communities and fragile areas, developing growth sectors, particularly distinctive regional opportunities and developing regional attractiveness.
Dr John Rogers
Executive Director of Research, Innovation and Business Engagement at the University of Stirling (SIEC)
“Through Scotland’s International Environment Centre (SIEC), the University of Stirling is developing novel responses to the climate emergency, helping Scotland to make a just transition to becoming Net Zero by 2045. We’re pleased to partner on this exciting initiative, which will provide a sound, digital foundation to the regional-scale innovations that we are pioneering in collaboration with industry, public services and communities across the Forth Valley.”
Our Academic Partners
Abertay University have created a £18 million hub for cybersecurity research and digital innovation and have called it Abertay cyberQuarter. Our S5GConnect Dundee hub is based within the new state-of-the-art facilities. The facilities allow for collaboration and experimentation between industry and academia, creating new solutions to local, national and international cybersecurity and digital challenges. Abertay cyberQuarter, aims to bring inclusive economic growth to the area by supporting the expansion of existing companies and helping new ones to succeed.
University of Stirling
The University of Stirling’s, Scotland’s International Environment Centre (SIEC) is a pioneering collaboration that will create an ‘innovation community’ in the Forth Valley, driving the creation of a net zero regional economy and acting as a global exemplar of low-carbon growth. Through innovation and their partnerships with ourselves, SIEC will deliver transformational change in sustainable business practice, positioning the protection and enhancement of our natural resources as an enabler of economic prosperity, wellbeing, and a just transition to a net zero future.
University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow’s Communication, Sensing and Imaging (CSI) team are currently developing a 5G-enabled Smart Campus offering sustainable, healthier and smart solutions to students, academics and the surrounding community which is already attracting investment into the area, creating new jobs and leading the way for future smart cities while contributing to Glasgow’s carbon neutral commitment by 2030. The team have researched and developed effective 5G solutions including a Persuasive Energy Conscious Network and tele-operational robotic arm.
University of Strathclyde
The University of Strathclyde is part of Glasgow City Innovation District, a hub for entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration. The University of Strathclyde’s StrathSDR team develop cost effective connectivity solutions for remote and rural areas and outside broadcasting, using 5G radio access networks. The team have developed a portable custom private 5G pop-up network solution, bringing new opportunities to rural communities throughout Scotland and supporting a range of industries and services including energy management, fishing and tourism.
Scotland’s Rural College
Scotland’s Rural College is a public research institution focused on agriculture and life sciences existing to deliver comprehensive skills, education and business support to Scotland’s land-based industries. Focusing on the sustainable natural economy, SRUC will strive to lead the way in delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all, in Scotland, and beyond. The SRUC is unique in Scotland and the largest organisation of its kind in Europe.
Cllr. Mark Flynn
Convener of Dundee City Council’s City Development Committee
“The S5GConnect Dundee Hub marks another significant milestone in Dundee’s identity as a cluster for digital innovation. Not only has the open day provided an opportunity for businesses and organisations to find out about the Hub and what it is all about, it showcases the ways in which they can capitalise on the 5G testbed and the Tay5G Project and innovate with 5G.”
Our Council Partners
Dundee City Council
Dundee City Council offers a wide range of information and services to residents and business in Dundee, a creative and dynamic city in the North East of Scotland. Dundee City Council led on the installation of 5G technology at Dundee Central Waterfront and partners with Angus, Fife and Perth & Kinross Councils to create smarter and fairer cities as part of the Tay Cities Region Deal. Supported by the UK and Scottish Governments, Tay5G is a £2 million Tay Cities Deal project aiming to deliver 5G mobile connectivity use case trials across advanced communications, IoT and automation.
Clackmannanshire Council is a Local Authority based in Central Scotland contributing approximately £3.3 billion to the UK economy. Clackmannanshire Council collaborate with The Scotland 5G Centre’s Forth Valley hub and its partner’s University of Stirling. Clackmannanshire Council is part of the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal driving innovation and inclusive economic growth in the area over 10 years.
Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen City Council is the local government authority for the city of Aberdeen, a thriving, cosmopolitan port in the North-east of Scotland. Aberdeen City Council offers a wide range of information, services, career and employment opportunities to residents and businesses, supporting Aberdeen to become an ambitious, achieving, smart city.
Collaborate with us
As Scotland’s national centre, driving the education, awareness and adoption of 5G technology and applications, we are keen to build up clear access to innovators in this field. If your organisation is eager to showcase your expertise or become a partner, then please connect with us.