14 month project
‘Leap forward’ as Stirling becomes gigabit city
Stirling is to become Scotland’s fourth Gigabit City under plans unveiled by infrastructure provider CityFibre.
Work will begin in June via a partnership with MLL Telecoms and Stirling Council June 2017.
It will take 14 months to install 20km of infrastructure from Bannockburn to the Stirling Agricultural Centre.
The copper-free, ultra-fast network will connect more than 30 Stirling Council sites including schools, libraries, offices and community facilities, transforming services and boosting productivity across all areas of council operations.
It will also provide a future-proof platform for further digital developments, such as connecting mobile masts and delivering safer city infrastructure such as smart CCTV and street-lighting.
As with all CityFibre’s Gigabit City projects, the new network will be extended over time to offer the majority of Stirling’s 3,000 businesses affordable access to gigabit speed services.
Stirling Council leader Johanna Boyd said: “This leap forward for our digital connectivity will make our existing businesses more competitive, encourage new businesses to the city centre, and enable us to deliver education and skills programmes.
“Our City Deal success has truly unlocked Stirling’s digital potential. We’ve been clear that we want Stirling to be one of the most digitally connected cities in Europe, and this project is an essential step in helping us realise that ambition.”
James McClafferty, CityFibre’s head of regional development in Scotland, said the investment will benefit all areas of the community.
“As the first organisation to be connected, Stirling Council will, for example, explore the e-learning potential offered by Gigabit connectivity in schools and libraries, whilst improving the use of digital and web-based tools and services for both staff and customers.
“What’s more, as the project progresses we expect Stirling to benefit economically as the city becomes more competitive in terms of attracting new businesses, supporting growth amongst existing firms and creating jobs. We are already seeing this trend emerge in our Gigabit City projects across the UK and in others throughout the world.”
CityFibre is currently leading Gigabit City projects in 40 other cities across the UK including those already under way in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.