Austin Macauley 04 September 2014

Aberdeen aims for ‘gigabit city’ status

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Aberdeen is set to become Scotland’s first ‘gigabit city’ with modern digital infrastructure bringing high speed broadband to public sector organisations and businesses.

Private firm CityFibre and ICT provider Internet for Business (IFB) will work together on a multi-million pound investment in a ‘pure fibre network’.

Aberdeen already has the second highest broadband take-up rate in the UK and the move is expected to reach more than 6,000 businesses.

Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing said: ‘We are hugely excited to see CityFibre and IFB bring this project to life ensuring that Aberdeen city and shire have a next generation digital infrastructure in place to further economic growth over the coming years.

‘CityFibre’s decision to make Aberdeen a gigabit city helps us to realise the ambitions laid out in Accelerate Aberdeen of being at the leading edge of the digital revolution, with the world-class connectivity essential for continued growth and helps lay the foundations for significant improvements for residential customers in the future.’

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