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Commsworld Partnership to Transform Renfrewshire Digital Connectivity

Ross Kelly

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The full-fibre network will greatly improve Renfrewshire Council’s frontline public services.

Commsworld has been awarded a £15 million contract by Renfrewshire Council to upgrade digital connectivity and services across the region.

The landmark deal, which is the largest public sector contract agreed in the UK so far this year, will see the Edinburgh-headquartered firm partner with CityFibre to provide full-fibre connectivity to 180 council buildings.

Schools, libraries and community centres, as well as the region’s CCTV and traffic control systems, are set to benefit from the digital infrastructure improvements.

As part of the collaboration, CityFibre will design, build, operate and own more than 80% of the new network, with Commsworld delivering connectivity to the remaining sites and providing services over the network.

Once completed, Commsworld said the full-fibre project will transform and future-proof Renfrewshire Council’s frontline public services.

Bruce Strang, chief operating officer at Commsworld, said: “This is a very exciting new contract for Commsworld. We look forward to working with Renfrewshire Council to transform its Wide Area Network and delivering a step-change in the bandwidth available to the region’s schools.

“We have demonstrated a track record of success in delivering massively enhanced infrastructure to Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders and Glasgow, and look forward to delivering the same for Renfrewshire Council.”

CityFibre’s chief commercial officer, Rob Hamlin, added: “We are delighted to be working alongside Commsworld to deliver such an important digital infrastructure project for Renfrewshire Council, one that underpins the area’s development and success for generations.”

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Construction in Renfrewshire will begin this summer, with a core network of approximately 130km set to be installed. CityFibre will connect public sector sites in Johnstone, Linwood, Paisley and Renfrew, while Commsworld will build full-fibre connectivity directly to sites in Bishopton, Bridge of Weir, Erskine, Houston and Inchinnan.

Councillor John Shaw, the convener of Renfrewshire Council’s finance, resources and customer services policy board, commented: “I’m very pleased we have agreed this new contract with Commsworld and its partner CityFibre, which represents a significant step in our plans to transform digital connectivity in Renfrewshire.

“This will greatly improve connectivity to our schools, tackle digital exclusion and ensure access to full-fibre connectivity at around 180 Council buildings, including local libraries, town halls, community centres and care homes.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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