Deploying connectivity solutions in your area inevitably requires consideration of infrastructure; what assets could you make available for the development of networks? What plans do the mobile network operators already have? What do you actually need?
Start by understanding what infrastructure is already in place - such as ducting, buildings and street furniture - and what else will be required, such as fibre, power sources, security and types of sensors. Additional infrastructure may also require additional sites, meaning consideration of attributes, ownerships and access to potentially suitable sites, as well as applicable planning regulations.
Identifying which standards - if any - apply, and planning for security and maintenance of sites should also be factored into any deployment process.
All of which can feel like a daunting task. Which is why we've spoken to local and regional authorities who have already embarked on this journey, to gather their key insights, as well as the guides and tools they used along the way.
“As a local authority, we aim to maximise the deployment of robust, fit-for-purpose and future-proofed digital infrastructure across Glasgow for the benefit of all our businesses, residents and visitors”
Anne Mclister, Head of Digital Economy, Glasgow City Council