Glasgow City Region hosts 5G Connectivity Event showcasing new, innovative 5G projects

Glasgow City Region hosted a 5G Connectivity Event showcasing three innovative Department of Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) funded projects within Glasgow and the wider Region.

The event, held on the 10 January 2024, saw more than 80 attendees.

Project partners and key stakeholders were invited to presentations and demonstrations highlighting the three key projects:

Glasgow City Region 5G Innovation Region

Announced in November 2023, Glasgow City Region won £3.6 million for a range of projects which showcase the demand and benefits of advanced wireless connectivity.

Partners: The eight Glasgow City Region member local authorities, CENSIS and Commsworld

Speakers: Patrick Murray, Renfrewshire Council; Glenda Cook, Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership (GHSCP); and Andrew Robertson, Glasgow City Region Intelligence Hub


The ON-SIDE project (Open Network Shared Spectrum Innovation and Design Environment) is a £1.9m project which will address key challenges associated with deploying private 5G StandAlone (SA) networks.

Partners: Cisco, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow City Council, AMD, University of Glasgow, BBC, Neutral Wireless Ltd and Scottish Wireless Ltd

Speaker: Peter Shearman, Cisco


The SCONDA (Small Cells ORAN in Dense Areas) is a £9m project that will address technical and commercial challenges of High-Density Demand areas and will build, integrate, optimise and deliver an Open RAN network in Glasgow City Centre.

Partners: AWTG, Three, Boldyn, Mavenir, University of Surrey, PI Works, Scotland 5G Centre, University of Glasgow and Accenture

Speakers: Mike Carter, AWTG and Claire Venners, Boldyn

The University of Strathclyde also ran a demonstration of pop-up 5G private network technology used in the ON-SIDE project.

The event builds on the November 2023 UK Government announcement that Glasgow City Region will be one of ten successful 5G Innovation Regions in the UK set to share £36 million for 5G and advanced wireless technology projects.

Key speakers included Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, Convenor for City and City Region Economy and Just Transition; Mike McNally, Glasgow City Region; and Dejan Bojic, DSIT.

You can download slides from the event here: 5G Connectivity Event Slides