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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-04294: Macdonald, Lewis (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on whether Scottish businesses will be able to roll out 5G by 2025 post-Brexit.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 10 November 2016

5G is the next generation of mobile technology which is currently being developed by the mobile industry - on a global basis - and which is expected to be rolled out commercially by the mobile operators in the UK from around 2020. A key aim of our World Class digital infrastructure policy development is to ensure that Scotland has the underlying connectivity infrastructure that can support the future evolution of digital technologies such as 5G. The implications of Brexit on the mobile operators' investment plans for Scotland are not yet known.