Infralink-Exchange is a pathfinder project that has been awarded £500k of funding from the UK government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to explore how street furniture can be used to greatly enhance mobile digital connectivity.
This pathfinder builds on the work of Infralink funded by the Scotland 5G Centre, by aiming to create a database of public sector owned infrastructure, such as land, buildings, streetlights and CCTV, available for mobile phone operators to install their macro and small network transmitters.
Infralink-Exchange will be tested across the Tay Cities region (Angus Council, Dundee City Council, Fife Council and Perth and Kinross Council) and when operational, will attract the mobile industry to work with these local authorities and invest in improved mobile coverage in communities across the region.
Infralink-Exchange is being developed with financial support from Scottish Government, with development support from Sitenna, Connected Places Catapult, the Improvement Service, the Scotland 5G Centre and FarrPoint.
The Infralink-Exchange Playbook is a ‘how-to’ guide allowing public sector bodies to begin a project that improves mobile connectivity through commercial and GIS based transformation. This best practice guide including case studies, templates and points to note, is a key output from the Scotland 5G Centre and DCMS investment in the Infralink programme.
The Playbook that was published in November 2022 was updated in March 2023 and is available to download here.