CityFibre Breaks Ground in Stirling Digital Transformation Project
Work has begun in Stirling as CityFibre aims to transform the city into one of Scotland’s leading digital hubs.
Almost every home and business across Stirling will be able to access ultrafast broadband connectivity, which is being delivered through a £10 million investment in partnership with Vodafone.
Households and businesses can expect their full-fibre connection to ‘go live’ in spring 2019, CityFibre said.
Stirling was chosen as one of the first locations in the UK to benefit from this digital transformation project, along with Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
With construction officially underway in the Cambusbarron area, Bannockburn is set to follow in the new year. CityFibre said it also plans to extend its network to Bridge of Allan in due course.
Councillor Scott Farmer, Leader of Stirling Council, said this work “signals the power being switched on” for a new age in Stirling.
He added: “Secure, high-speed access to the internet is such a vital part of the City’s infrastructure and is a key asset to encourage more businesses and visitors to the area.”
Farmer noted that the project will enable the local community to project itself as a place in which businesses and homeowners can thrive.
Research conducted by economic consultancy Regeneris suggests full-fibre connectivity will have a major impact in Stirling in the coming years – with up to £11 million added to the value of local properties.
Smart City initiative could also add as much as £21 million locally while economic benefits due to the influx of new businesses and startups could generate up to £8 million.
The company will use modern build techniques to deploy the network quickly while working closely with Stirling Council and the local community to both ensure a successful rollout while limiting disruption to residents.
CityFibre’s City Development Manager for Stirling, Elaine Doherty, said: “For people across Stirling, their digital future is just around the corner.
“With work now underway we are only a few months from the first homes being able to access full-fibre and that is something to be celebrated.”
Doherty added: “The investment also comes at a critical time for Stirling’s forward-thinking business community. Full-fibre enables Stirling to be more innovative and productive, ultimately giving businesses the platform they need to realise their growth ambitions.