Aberdeen is bidding to become a 5G trailblazer as the super-fast mobile network rolls out nationwide.
Aberdeen City Council is lodging an application to the UK Government’s £200 million 5G Urban Connected Communities project.
The scheme is run by the department for digital, culture, media and sport, and successful cities will trial new 5G technologies for residents and businesses.
The bid follows the announcement in February that Aberdeen is to become Scotland’s first gigabit city through a £40 million investment from CityFibre.
The company, working in partnership with Vodafone, is to deliver full-fibre broadband throughout the city.
Co-leader of Aberdeen City Council Douglas Lumsden said: “Our ambitions are for a smart city where technology is the driver for a prosperous future for residents and businesses.
“Digital infrastructure is vitally important to realising that vision and already significant progress is being made.
“There is a real determination to build on the foundations already in place and this bid is an example of that forward-thinking attitude.
“There will be stern competition – but we believe Aberdeen has a compelling case.”
Aberdeen’s bid, supported by organisations including the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce and Aberdeen Inspired, will focus on the city’s reputation as a pioneer of new technology.
Mr Lumsden added: “Aberdeen’s future success depends on technology being an enabler, not a barrier.
“Users increasingly demand seamless access – so fixed and wireless connectivity has to evolve to meet those requirements.
“5G has a major role in that and it would be fantastic if Aberdeen could play its part in trials.”