UK-based pure-fibre provider CityFibre has named the city of Stirling as its fourth ‘Gigabit City’ in Scotland. Via press release CityFibre has revealed that, working in partnership with MLL Telecoms and Stirling Council, it will begin network construction in June 2017, with the initial development phase expected to take 14 months, delivering 20km of infrastructure spanning from Bannockburn to the Stirling Agricultural Centre. According to CityFibre, the copper-free, ultra-fast network will connect more than 30 Stirling Council sites including schools, libraries, offices and community facilities, while also providing a ‘future-proof’ platform for further digital developments, such as connecting mobile masts and delivering safer city infrastructure such as smart CCTV and street-lighting. As with the company’s other Gigabit City projects, the network will be extended over time to offer the majority of Stirling’s 3,000 businesses affordable access to gigabit speed services.
Stirling Council Leader Johanna Boyd said of the matter: ‘Following a competitive tender process we have worked closely with MLL Telecom Ltd and CityFibre to ensure that Stirling’s needs are fully met through this project, not just today but well into the future.’ Meanwhile, James McClafferty, CityFibre’s Head of Regional Development in Scotland, added: ‘By providing unlimited bandwidth and true fibre connectivity, CityFibre’s privately funded investment in Stirling will benefit all areas of the community. As the first organisation to be connected, Stirling Council will, for example, explore the e-learning potential offered by Gigabit connectivity in schools and libraries, whilst improving the use of digital and web-based tools and services for both staff and customers.’