Date lodged: 1 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the benefits to consumers of increasing competition in the mobile backhaul market.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 13 June 2016
Competition in the mobile backhaul market is a reserved matter and is the responsibility of Ofcom, the UK telecoms regulator.
Wider assessment of enhanced connectivity, its usage, and the socio economic benefits arising - which assumes the availability of sufficient backhaul – has been undertaken by the Scottish Futures Trust on behalf of the Scottish Government. This report, published in July 2015, suggests that a fully digitised Scotland could see GDP growth of £13 billion by 2030: http://www.scottishfuturestrust.org.uk/files/publications/Impact_of_digitalisation_in_Scotland.pdf
We continue to engage with UK Government Ministers and Ofcom to make the case for improved investment in mobile infrastructure in Scotland.