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Wouldn’t it be great if Scotland could be a world leader in digital inclusion, instead of always playing catch-up?

Wouldn’t it be great if Scotland could be a world leader in digital inclusion, instead of always playing catch-up?
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The Ofcom Advisory Committee for Scotland has been discussing how schools in Scotland are using technology, and whether this is likely to increase the ‘digital divide’.

In England some schools now expect children to have an iPad or other device. In Scotland, because expectations are different, a requirement to have a device seems unlikely.

Being connected is vital for success in education
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So Scotland has fewer people and more countryside than the rest of the UK? Surely all that means is that new communications technologies will be rolled out rather more slowly in Scotland.

Is there anything else we need to know about Scotland and its population distribution, in order to understand where the communications markets may fail to provide? We all know Scotland has a lot more rural areas than England, England has ten times the population, but less than twice the area of Scotland.

Population density means some areas will never be commercially viable for operators
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What would allow people in rural areas to access all mobile phone networks?

You may have heard of roaming in the context of emergency calls on mobile phones. If you call 999 or 112 from your mobile it should get through if any network has reception in that area, regardless of your actual network provider. So, the question for many is, why can’t this be made possible for all calls?

 

Laura Alexander asks how we might make mobile roaming commonplace.
Laura Alexander

The Advisory Committee for Scotland has spent some time recently considering white space! White space, or interleaved spectrum, is just spare capacity available within the spectrum used to carry terrestrial television channels.
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