Vodafone and CityFibre announce UK’s second gigabit city

Aberdeen announced as second Gigabit city in Vodafone/CityFibre partnership - MF Communications

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Aberdeen to become the next gigabit city as part of the gigabit speed full fibre broadband scheme.

Thanks to the initiative by Vodafone and CityFibre, 12 cities across the UK are set to receive gigabit speed full fibre broadband. With Milton Keynes announced as the first city to receive funding and Aberdeen the second, the remaining 10 cities are yet to be announced.

Aberdeen will get £40 million invested into full fibre infrastructure, with CityFibre having already laid a 90km fibre spine throughout the city. Plans are to micro-trench each street, so as to give access to both consumers and businesses, regardless of the demand.

Using fibre optic cables for every stage of the connection, Vodafone should be able to offer broadband speeds of 1 Gbps.

“Our Gigabit broadband services, delivered over CityFibre’s new full fibre networks, will help Aberdeen build on its credentials in innovation and as one of the best places to start a business,” said Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery. “It will also transform consumers’ daily lives through superior Internet access. We’re committed to helping businesses, entrepreneurs and residents embrace the new gigabit society in Aberdeen, the technological heart of Scotland”

“Our commitment to Aberdeen is further evidence of the action CityFibre is taking to deliver Britain’s full fibre future,” said Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre. “Our existing network in Aberdeen provides us with an eighteen-month head-start on a full fibre roll-out to nearly every home and business in the city. With similar FTTP backbone networks already built in over 40 UK towns and cities, our contribution to national full fibre coverage is well underway. We are getting on with the job of building Gigabit Britain – at full speed.”

Work on delivering the city-wide fibre network in Aberdeen, will begin in July.

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