How Can We Tackle Scotland’s “Munro Sized” 5G Challenge?

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Infrastrusture builders and telecoms firms of all sizes need to “get round a table”, says Commsworld CEO, Ricky Nicol.

A united approach will be vital in order to overcome Scotland’s vast geographical hurdles when it comes to 5G, according to the CEO of an Edinburgh-based telecoms network services provider.

Commsworld chief Ricky Nicol believes that collaboration will be the key to ensuring that Scotland’s economy and society does lose out due to 5G rollout challenges.

It is thought that an extra 400,000 phone masts – some 80ft tall – will need to be procured and installed in order to bring the 5G network to the UK.

On top of that, a full fibre rollout across the country will be essential in order to make the network fully effective, according to Nicol, as 5G will, ultimately, require the near limitless capacity that fibre networks provide.

Nicol has expressed concern that the rural nature of Scotland could put the country at a severe disadvantage, but is adamant that collaborative working is the most pragmatic solution to what he described as this “Munro sized challenge”.

He said: “Infrastructure builders and telecoms firms of all sizes need to get round a table – and be working alongside the Scottish Government to be able to overcome these unique challenges around 5G rollout.

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“The Scottish Government’s Reaching 100 (R100) Scheme, which covers the whole of Scotland, is already delivering significantly better broadband infrastructure to rural parts of the country – even to places that didn’t have any connection before.

“But in order to introduce the newest and most effective 5G network, more infrastructure is needed across the whole of Scotland.

“We should value the incredible work of community broadband initiatives, such as Lothian Broadband, which has been instrumental in facilitating fibre in remote locations.

“5G is still very much in its infancy but by working together, we have a better chance of delivering the best possible connection in Scotland.”

Commsworld, which was established in 1994 and also has offices in Aberdeen and Glasgow, has been able to build on strong support from customers to meet the high demand for fast internet speeds and centralised cloud services.

The new privately owned network contracts with CityFibre and Zayo mean that Commsworld can offer its renowned low-latency network connectivity across the whole of the UK.

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