The third generation of the mobile telephone network, capable of delivering broadband equivalent speeds to mobile telephones and smartphones, laptops and handheld/tablet computers.
The fourth (and future) generation of the mobile telephone network, currently undergoing trials in the UK. 4G is likely to be capable of speeds of up to 100 megabits per second.
British Broadcasting Corporation
High-speed internet connection typically capable of speeds ten times greater than dial-up.
Broadband Reach Project
A Scottish Government-funded delivering a basic broadband connection to premises unable to receive broadband by any other means.
British Telecommunications plc.
Location-independent computing, whereby shared servers provide resources, software, and data to computers and other devices on demand.
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
Digital Design Studio
A summary of the Scottish Government's plans and ambitions for the digital economy, published 22 October 2010.
Digital Media and ICT Vendor Alliance
Digital Subscriber Line
The buying and selling of products or services over electronic systems such as the Internet and other computer networks.
European Structural Funds
A communications network using fibre optic cable that is capable of delivering very high-speed internet connections.
Getting British Business Online
Gross Domestic Product
The Scottish Schools Intranet
General Register Office for Scotland
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
Her Majesty's Treasury
Information and Communication Technologies
UK-wide network dedicated to education and research.
kilobits per second
An EU-financed part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme delivering support for rural development (Liaison Entre Actions de Développement de l'Économie Rurale).
Long Term Evolution (see 4G)
Learning and Teaching Scotland
Megabits per second
A business with fewer than ten employees.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
Internet access over a mobile phone network achieved by either plugging a small device into a computer or by connecting the computer to a suitable mobile telephone.
National Archives of Scotland
Next generation broadband
High speed broadband which exceeds the capabilities of copper-based (or similar) broadband infrastructure. Speeds will vary dependent on the technology used.
National Health Service
A web and telephone-based health care advice service delivered by the National Health Service.
National Library of Scotland
Office of Communications - the UK's independent telecommunications regulator and competition authority.
Public Library Quality Improvement Matrix
Publicly Available Specification
Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments
Rural Digital Economy Hub
Royal Society of Edinburgh
Scottish Creative Industries Partnership
Scottish Digital Network
Scottish Library and Information Council
Small to Medium-sized Enterprise
Society of Local Authority Chief Executives
Scottish Qualification Authority
Telecare Development Programme
Technology Strategy Board
Trades Union Congress
Wireless Fidelity - a technology enabling home computers, smartphones and handheld/tablet computers to access the internet when within range of a wireless network connected to the internet.