Allan McEwan, city manager for Aberdeen, CityFibre

Allan McEwan, city manager for Aberdeen, CityFibre

CityFibre, the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform, is continuing its £40m digital transformation in Aberdeen to extend its full fibre network.

The project has reached a new milestone with construction partner GCU set to get underway in Craigiebuckler, Summerhill, Woodend, Hazlehead, Seafield, and Seaton. This adds to CityFibre’s growing presence in the city where construction has recently been completed in parts of Bridge of Don, Airyhall, Albyn, Cove, and Heathryfold, with services in those areas due to go live soon.

Aberdeen was the second location in the UK – and the first in Scotland – to benefit from CityFibre’s roll out of full fibre. It forms part of the company’s Gigabit City investment programme, which is set to invest up to £4bn nationally to bring gigabit capable full fibre infrastructure to up to eight million homes across the UK and provide a future-proof platform for digital growth.

CityFibre’s launch ISP partner, Vodafone, is using the network to bring Vodafone Gigafast Broadband services to the city, with services now live for residents across Woodside, Garthdee, Ruthrieston, Mannofield, Kincorth, Broomhill, Kaimhill, Ferryhill, Northfield, Rosehill, Hilton, and Torry, amongst other areas. Across the UK, CityFibre is working with an increasing range of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to deliver next generation broadband services.

Allan McEwan, CityFibre’s city manager for Aberdeen, said: “We are making real strides in bringing state-of-the-art digital connectivity to homes and businesses across Aberdeen. Since work began in July 2018, we have built across many areas of the city and it’s pleasing to hear just how many people are now enjoying the many benefits of Full Fibre, particularly those who are working from home.

“With the onset of lockdown, the need for fast and reliable digital connectivity has been underlined and demand for Full Fibre continues to grow as people realise their previous connections, typically part fibre, part copper, simply aren’t up to scratch. Our construction teams are hard at work to bring our Full Fibre network within reach of even more people across Aberdeen, while we continue to work closely with local developers to ensure as many new build developments as possible gain access to the network.

“As we move into new areas of the city, with the continued support of Aberdeen City Council, we will do all that we possibly can to deliver a swift roll out, manage disruption and minimise the time we spend in each location.”

Councillor Jenny Laing, co-leader of Aberdeen City Council, added: “Aberdeen is leading the way in digital transformation and the momentum at which this project is moving is significant to enhancing the city’s standing on the global stage. It will also change the lives of residents and provide businesses with access to new ways of working.

“The collaboration with CityFibre is a wonderful example of our partnership approach in action – where the financial commitment we have made through the Aberdeen City Region Deal will leverage £40million of private investment in our city’s infrastructure.”

Full fibre broadband is currently only available to around 16 per cent of UK premises and is regarded as the best in connectivity for its speed, near unlimited bandwidth and reliability. The availability of a full fibre network goes far beyond simply helping households access the latest entertainment at lightning speed and stream from multiple devices with ease. The benefits are much deeper, from enabling smart home technology, giving people the ability to work from home seamlessly and laying the foundations for 5G roll-out, as well as smart city initiatives.

The project will deliver major benefits in Aberdeen as it continues its evolution towards being not only a global energy capital, but also a renowned digital hub. Research from economic consultancy Regeneris predicts that, over 15 years, access to full fibre could add up to £67m to the value of local homes, while Smart City initiatives could add as much as £109m locally. It could also unlock £99m in business productivity and innovation, while a further £50m in growth could be driven from new business start-ups, with enhanced connectivity making it easier and less expensive to set up base and run efficiently.

For more information about the build and to register for updates on progress in your area, visit: www.cityfibre.com/residential