Scotland's Digital Future: infrastructure action plan

This action plan outlines our commitment to a world-class, future proofed infrastructure that will deliver digital connectivity across the whole of Scotland by 2020.

7 Glossary of terms

BDUK Broadband Delivery UK
2G The second generation of mobile telephony, capable of delivering voice and slow data services (including SMS text services). Upper range 2G services can provide data rates of up to 236.8 kbps.
3G The third generation of the mobile telephone network, capable of delivering broadband equivalent speeds to mobile telephones and smartphones, laptops and handheld/tablet computers.
4G 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.
Broadband High-speed internet connection typically capable of speeds ten times greater than dial-up.
Cloud Computing Location-independent computing, whereby shared servers provide resources, software, and data to computers and other devices on demand.
COSLA Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
Gbps Gigabytes per second
GHz Giga Hertz
HIE Highlands and Islands Enterprise
ICT Information and Communication Technologies
Mbps Megabits per second
MHz Mega Hertz
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.
Ofcom Office of Communications - the UK's independent telecommunications regulator and competition authority.
RoS Rest of Scotland
SE Scottish Enterprise
SME Small to Medium-sized Enterprise
WiFi 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.


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