LONDON – CityFibre, the UK's third national digital infrastructure platform, has announced that its main full fibre build in Stirling is now complete, passing more than 17,500 premises across the city.
This brings the vast majority of the city’s homes, businesses, public sector sites and mobile masts within easy reach of the Gigabit-speed network. The milestone marks the completion of CityFibre's first network-build project committed to in its strategic partnership with Vodafone, less than 18 months after construction began.
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. CityFibre will continue to work closely with the local community, Stirling Council and its service provider partners to aggregate demand and further extend its rollout.
In addition to homes and businesses, Stirling Council is also continuing to connect key public sites to the network including schools, libraries, and community venues. This will enable the Council to transform the delivery of public services and boost productivity across all areas of council operations. As more schools are connected, around 7,000 pupils, teachers and school staff will be provided access to ultrafast, full-fibre internet connectivity.
The new full fibre infrastructure is designed to deliver much more than broadband, with sufficient capacity and flexibility to support all current and future digital demands of the city. Dense availability of full fibre will serve as a backbone for the imminent deployment of 5G services by mobile operators, unlocking the vast potential of the Internet of Things and will further transform the way people and machines communicate. It will also enable an increasing range of Smart City applications, capable of increasing the efficiency with which cities can operate and supporting the drive to net-zero carbon targets.
The Stirling Gigabit City project forms part of CityFibre's £4bn Gigabit City investment programme targeting up to 8 million premises to be substantially completed by 2025. CityFibre expects to complete a second city build later this year. To date, CityFibre has identified 62 towns and cities to benefit from its rollout and plans to extend the project to more than 100 towns and cities across the UK which will create up to 10,000 jobs over the next three years.
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