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Aberdeen aims for gigabit broadband throughout city


Deal with CityFibre and Vodafone lays ground for 1Gbps connections to all residents and businesses

Aberdeen City Council has signed a deal with CityFibre and Vodafone for a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband network around the city.

It said it will make it the first in Scotland to provide gigabit-speed connections throughout, with CityFibre investing at least £40 million in the city-wide roll out.

The announcement comes weeks after the company, a specialist in fibre optic infrastructure, revealed it will extend the existing Gigabit City network to 57 public sector sites, bringing the total to 166, as part of the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) programme.

The new network will involve fibre optic cables for every stage of the connection, making it available for residents and businesses throughout the city. Vodafone will provide high speed broadband services of up 1Gbps.

Aberdeen said it was chosen as the first FTTP city in Scotland due to its emergent tech sector and its commitment to smart city initiatives.

Changing lives

Co-leader of the council, Councillor Douglas Lumsden, said: “This announcement represents a significant step forward in delivering connectivity which will change the lives of residents and give businesses access to new ways of working.

“Aberdeen City Council is determined to lead from the front in digital transformation and enhance the city’s standing on the global stage.

“The collaboration with CityFibre and Vodafone is a wonderful example of our partnership approach in action – where the financial commitment we have made through the Aberdeen City Region Deal will leverage £40million of private investment in our city’s infrastructure.”

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