Bit between its teeth: Aberdeen leads digital transformation

Aberdeen is set to become the first city in Scotland with widespread access to superfast gigabit broadband.

CityFibre will invest at least £40 million after Aberdeen City Council agreed to commit £2m to digital infrastructure under the Aberdeen City Region Deal.

Councillor Douglas Lumsden, Co-Leader of Aberdeen City Council, 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.”

Construction of the Vodafone and CityFibre Fibre-to-the-Premises network is scheduled to begin in July.

Greg Mesch, chief executive at CityFibre, said its existing network in Aberdeen had provided “an eighteen-month head-start on a full fibre roll-out to nearly every home and business in the city”.

Vodafone UK chief executive Nick Jeffery said: “We’re committed to helping businesses, entrepreneurs and residents embrace the new gigabit society in Aberdeen, the technological heart of Scotland.”

Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, said: “It will help transform Aberdeen into one of the UK’s best connected cities and contribute to our goal of an economically and digitally future-proofed Scotland.”

Photograph shows: (left to right) Councillor Douglas Lumsden; Fergus Ewing MSP; Rob Hamlin (CityFibre); Guilhem Poussot (Vodafone). 

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