CityFibre Partners with Construction Company to Accelerate Roll-Out
CityFibre has announced a new partnership with Amey to extend its 150km network in Edinburgh.
CityFibre has selected Amey, a UK-based infrastructure and service provider, to help extend its fibre network across Edinburgh.
The partnership will help accelerate CityFibre’s plans to reach 5,000,000 homes by 2025. When completed, the cutting-edge communications infrastructure is expected to total more than 2,100km of network. The agreement is among one of CityFibre’s first strategic partnerships with construction companies. Work on the project is due to kick-off this week in Balerno.
Preparatory construction began in November last year, now Amey will now ramp up its recruitment drive. The company is seeking to hire team leaders, site supervisors, project managers, quantity surveyors, and operative administrators.
Amey expects to create around 300 local jobs over the project’s lifespan. It will also provide a direct positive economic impact of over £50 million and unlock a vast, long term impact of over £4.3 billion to Edinburgh’s economy.
The announcement follows the recent news that CityFibre has raised £1.12 billion of debt to fund the first part of its £2.5 billion investment plan to provide wholesale full fibre access to at least 20% of the UK market. The project is one of the biggest single investments ever made in the UK’s digital infrastructure.
CityFibre’s planned national rollout to five million homes will see construction contracts awarded for the installation of more than 50,000 km of cable and the construction of more than 150 buildings to house the network equipment.
Greg Mesch, chief executive at CityFibre, said: “Amey has a formidable reputation in the sector and we are delighted to have them onboard for our flagship Gigabit City rollout in Edinburgh.
“This project represents a long, stable, city-wide build that will enable Amey to resource confidently and deliver at pace. This is expected to be the start of our partnership and that it will soon expand to cover further city builds across the country,” he said.
Andy Milner, chief executive at Amey, said: “We’re delighted that CityFibre has chosen Amey to transform the broadband provision in Edinburgh. As a trusted provider of utility services, we’re looking forward to working with CityFibre on this flagship project in a transparent and collaborative way, to deliver a service that adds value, benefits local residents and in turn helps Edinburgh become a truly intelligently connected city.”
Cllr Lezley Marion Cameron, Housing and Economy Vice Convener, said: “Becoming a globally competitive digital city, and the Data Capital of Europe is a key priority of Edinburgh’s Economy Strategy.
“This continuing investment will see more Edinburgh citizens experience a transformation of their online world at home. For the wider Edinburgh economy, this brings increased productivity, employment opportunities, innovation and helps facilitate and underpins delivery of our Economy Strategy. As this project progresses we will work with CityFibre to minimise any disruption to residents and businesses.”