Glasgow City Region is one of 10 successful areas which is set to benefit from a share of £36 million to roll out the 5G network.

The UK Government Department for Science, Innovation and Technology confirmed the decision today (Thursday, November 16) which is part of the government’s ambition to drive telecoms innovation.

The City Region is made up of eight partner councils including Glasgow City, West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire and aims to deliver a sustainable economy.

Projects across the region will deliver wide-ranging economic and community benefits by demonstrating the demand for, and benefits of 5G and advanced wireless technologies across the social housing and health and social care sectors.

Speaking on behalf of the eight Glasgow City Region councils, Susan Aitken, Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet and Glasgow City Council leader said: “Our selection as a 5G Region is testament to the huge strides the Glasgow City Region has taken in the recent past.

“In the past 18 months, recognition of metropolitan Glasgow as a place where world-leading innovation is done has helped secure almost a quarter of a billion pounds in Government investment.

“Our strengths and assets are generating the employment, training, and productivity outcomes our citizens need and our economy demands and our selection as a 5G innovation region will help take that further.

“5G is already transforming the services we provide to communities and this funding will support our use of technology to making people safer in their homes and providing them with more efficient, healthy and inclusive outcomes.”