CityFibre transforms city links
Edinburgh’s ultra-fast internet network almost complete
The pure fibre infrastructure project will see the creation of the UK’s largest ‘Gigabit City’.
The network will provide a future-proof alternative to the city’s current capacity-constrained copper network, while offering connectivity at gigabit speeds around 50-100 times faster than the UK average.
About 7,000 businesses and more than 300 public sector sites including schools, libraries and office buildings will benefit from the network.
By employing more than 150 workers at the project’s peak, it has taken the company just 12 months to install more than 100km of pure fibre infrastructure throughout the city, to reach 126km since launch.
James McClafferty, CityFibre’s head of regional development in Scotland, said: “Reaching 100km is a significant milestone for the project, which has been a truly collaborative process, working with our partners, Commsworld.
“Spanning 150km, which stretched out would take you from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, the completed network will establish Edinburgh as the UK’s largest Gigabit City which is a real coup for its businesses and services.
Mr McClafferty added that the company has ambitious plans to extend Edinburgh’s gigabit network beyond 150km.
Chief executive of Commsworld, Ricky Nicol, said: “Edinburgh is asserting itself as a leading digital city on a global scale – and to be a part of that is particularly exciting.
“It has to be said, the response from a broad spectrum of the business community has been incredible – they have embraced the project and understood its transformational potential right from the start.”
Among the most recent businesses to be connected to Edinburgh’s Gigabit City network is Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre. As a result, it is now able to offer ultrafast wi-fi to guests and conference delegates.
Iain Ross, director of finance and HR at the Festival and King’s Theatres, said: “When faced with the failure of our original supplier to provide a dedicated fibre network to allow us to host a major conference at the Festival Theatre, we turned to CityFibre and Commsworld who have delivered impeccably across all areas.
“We have no doubt that the Edinburgh Gigabit City project will be of major benefit to Edinburgh and businesses operating in the city.”
Aberdeen and Glasgow are also receiving major infrastructure investments that will see the digital capabilities of its connected customers dramatically accelerated as part of CityFibre’s mission to bring next generation connectivity to Scotland.
Photo: Iain Ross, James McClafferty and Ricky Nicol (contributed)