Leaders glimpse Digital future

Published: 08 October 2018

Leading figures from across Edinburgh have been given a glimpse of the potential offered by full fibre digital infrastructure – ahead of construction work beginning this autumn.

CityFibre is investing £100m into Edinburgh as part of a commitment to bring the gold-standard connectivity to cities up and down the UK. Working in partnership with Vodafone, the project will see almost every home and business able to access next-generation full fibre connectivity.

CityFibre’s investment will provide the infrastructure required to give thousands of households and businesses across Edinburgh access to ultrafast broadband...

Adam McVey, Council Leader, The City of Edinburgh Council

 

The investment marks a major milestone in the UK’s ‘copper switchover’, with the government targeting full adoption across the country by 2033.

With Edinburgh among the first cities in the UK to benefit from a city-wide digital transformation, city leaders came together today (Thurs 4) to discover more about the project – and give their input on how it can catapult Edinburgh into a leadership position as one of the best connected cities in the world.

Elaine Doherty, CityFibre’s City Development Manager for Edinburgh, said: “Edinburgh is firmly established as a digital city, and this network will allow businesses to compete on a global stage while also ensuring that households can share in the benefits.”

Guests at the event heard from Councillor Adam McVey, Leader of The City of Edinburgh Council and a strong proponent of the ‘fibre to the premises’ project in Scotland’s capital.

Vodafone will use CityFibre’s network to bring Vodafone Gigafast Broadband to residential customers in Edinburgh. Guilhem Poussot, Head of Vodafone Gigafast Broadband, Vodafone UK, said: “We’re bringing best-in-class, gigabit-capable broadband services to the city from spring next year, equipping homes and businesses for the future.” 

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