Posted on August 9, 2016 by staff

Edinburgh close to ‘Gigabit City’ status


Edinburgh is close to achieving ‘Gigabit City’ status as its ultra-fast network is on track to be completed by the end of September.

CityFibre has laid more than 100km of pure fibre infrastructure throughout the Scottish capital in the last 12 months, taking the total to 126km.

It will bring connectivity 50-100 times faster than the UK average to around 7,000 businesses in the area.

James McClafferty (pictured centre), CityFibre’s head of regional development in Scotland, said: “After September… it will progress ambitious plans to extend Edinburgh’s gigabit network beyond 150km.”

The project will see ultra-fast WiFi delivered to more than 300 public sector sites including schools, libraries and office buildings, including the Festival Theatre.

Iain Ross (left), director of finance and HR at the Festival and King’s Theatres, said: “When faced with the failure of our original supplier to provide a dedicated fibre network to allow us to host a major conference at the Festival Theatre, we turned to CityFibre and Commsworld who have delivered impeccably across all areas.

“They ensured our public WiFi network was installed in time and as a result, we were able to provide an outstanding service to over 800 attendees, each using multiple devices.

“We have no doubt that the Edinburgh Gigabit City project will be of major benefit to Edinburgh and businesses operating in the city, and are delighted to have found such reliable and focused partners to provide exceptional public WiFi in our theatres.”

Ricky Nicol (right), CEO of Commsworld, said: “Edinburgh is asserting itself as a leading digital city on a global scale – and to be a part of that is particularly exciting.

“CityFibre has delivered on its promises – and has given Edinburgh a highly enviable cutting edge network infrastructure, far exceeding the capabilities available prior to its work.”

Aberdeen and Glasgow are also receiving major infrastructure investments through CityFibre.

Adelaide is to become the first ‘Gig City’ in Australia.