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Stirling Becomes CityFibre’s First Completed Gigabit City Project

Ross Kelly

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Thousands of premises across Stirling are now able to access CityFibre’s gigabit-speed network.

CityFibre has confirmed that its main full-fibre build in Stirling is now complete, reaching more than 17,000 premises across the city.

The announcement marks the completion of CityFibre’s first network build project committed to in its strategic partnership with Vodafone and has been completed in less than 18-months since construction began.

Following the project, the majority of Stirling’s homes, businesses, public sector sites and mobile masts are now within reach of the Gigabit-speed network.

CityFibre chief executive, Greg Mesch, hailed the milestone as a significant first step in the firm’s £4 billion Gigabit City investment programme, which aims to target up to eight million premises by 2025.

“Completing the delivery of our first Gigabit City build project is a major milestone for CityFibre and demonstrates the speed with which an entirely new digital infrastructure can be deployed,” he said.

“It’s thanks to the huge support from Stirling Council and residents of this spectacular city that we have been able to make such rapid progress,” Mesch added.

The new full-fibre infrastructure is designed to deliver more than broadband and is capable of supporting the current and future digital demands of the city.

The dense availability of full-fibre will also “serve as a backbone” for the deployment of 5G services by mobile operators and enable an increasing range of smart city applications.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney welcomed the announcement and underlined the critical role that digital connectivity will play in the country’s post-Covid economic recovery.

“I welcome today’s announcement from CityFibre. Their commercial investment in full-fibre broadband will provide a significant boost for Stirling and complements our own investment programme to deliver superfast broadband to every home and business in Scotland,” he said.

“Digital connectivity has played a vital role in supporting our efforts to keep people safe during the pandemic – not least to support our children and young people to continue learning at home during lockdown,” Swinney added.

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In response to strong demand for services over the network and thanks to the ongoing support from Stirling Council in accelerating the rollout, CityFibre has committed to extend the network to reach 2,500 additional premises in the city.

Much of the extended rollout will take place in the city centre. Alongside the initial project, this will bring CityFibre’s infrastructure investment in Stirling to over £12m.

“We are proud that Stirling has become the nation’s first completed Gigabit City project and that our businesses and residents will be able to reap the huge benefits that this digital innovation will bring,” said Councillor Scott Farmer, Leader of Stirling Council.

Ross Kelly

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