Aberdeen to become Scotland’s first gigabit city


Network infrastructure provider CityFibre is planning to build a city-wide, state-of-the-art pure fibre network in Aberdeen, creating Scotland’s first gigabit city. The project is made possible by a collaboration with Scotland-based Internet For Business (IFB), a local and national ICT service provider with a long and successful track record in the Aberdeen market.

CityFibre’s digital infrastructure will bring transformational gigabit speeds within reach of over 6,000 companies as well as hundreds of public sector sites including schools, universities, libraries, hospitals and government agency buildings across the city.

CityFibre has been working closely with IFB to underpin its multi-million pound investment in the city with plans to upgrade and migrate hundreds of business customers onto the new infrastructure. The network will be constructed in-line with CityFibre’s ‘Well Planned City’ model, accommodating current and future capacity requirements from the public and private sectors, mobile operators and data centre providers. It can also act as the backbone for any future deployment of fibre to the home for the city’s residents.

The Gigabit City project is critical for Aberdeen which has become a national economic powerhouse accounting for 28% of Scotland’s GDP and in which 30% of the country’s top 100 businesses are located. It has the second highest broadband take-up rate in the UK, but an absence of any cable infrastructure. With a new competitive gigabit fibre infrastructure at its heart, it hopes to leapfrog other Scottish cities to become the best digitally connected city in Scotland.

CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch commented: “We selected Aberdeen as it represents the perfect opportunity for a Gigabit City project. Its economic power, business makeup and absence of alternative network mean that Aberdeen will be in a position to take full advantage of this transformational digital infrastructure. Alongside IFB, CityFibre is honoured to be able to add to the proud history of this city by building a modern digital infrastructure that will future proof Aberdeen, its businesses and residents for the next 100 years.”

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