The Demonstrating Digital programme is an important part of our World Class Digital 2020 vision for Scotland. We want a nation where everyone can communicate and connect instantly using any device, anywhere anytime.
The purpose of Demonstrating Digital is to position Scotland as a country that welcomes and encourages world class innovation in mobile, wireless and fixed technologies as a potential stimulus to economic growth. We are doing this by undertaking pilot projects trialling innovative technologies and alternative sustainable business models.
An important element of the Demonstrating Digital programme is the provision of technical advice and support, project management consultancy and delivery assurance to a range of partners. This includes the telecoms aspects of major events such as the Ryder Cup 2014 and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Support is provided to ensure they showcase the Scottish Government’s digital ambition, achieve a lasting digital legacy and put Scotland on a journey to world class.
So far, projects undertaken include:
- supporting housing associations in both Glasgow and Edinburgh to prototype affordable broadband services to digitally excluded tenants;
- supporting University of Edinburgh to demonstrate point to point wireless links utilising free space optics and 24GHz microwave technology;
- partnering with University of Strathclyde to demonstrate TV white space technology as alternative backhaul for wireless broadband services; and
- facilitating a partnership between Development Coll and Vodafone to develop a sustainable business model for the delivery of 4G mobile services to the Isle of Coll.
Glasgow Housing Association WiFi pilot
Telehealth trial in Edinburgh
Free Space Optics
Strathclyde University White Space Trial
Mobile Coverage on Coll