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Glasgow to become Scotland's third 'gigabit city'

Friday, November 27th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

Glasgow is to become Scotland’s third ‘gigabit city’ thanks to the arrival of an ultrafast, pure fibre network.

Gigabit provider CityFibre has partnered with Scottish ISP HighNet to offer high-speed services that are expected to benefit 15,000 businesses in Glasgow.

The move follows similar projects in Aberdeen and Edinburgh .

Work will start on the rollout of the network in Glasgow city centre early in 2016, with the aim of supplying pure fibre connectivity to the whole city.

Up to 7,000 city centre businesses will benefit from the network and within the year will be able to access the ultrafast services through HighNet’s network of partners.

Ultimately up to 15,000 businesses will benefit when the full citywide rollout is complete.

CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with HighNet to launch Scotland’s newest Gigabit City.

“HighNet have made this project possible and their strong customer base and impressive partner network will be crucial to its success.

“This announcement marks our third Gigabit City project in Scotland, and upon its completion, CityFibre will have an established network presence in Scotland’s four largest cities, making us the largest wholesale fibre infrastructure provider in the country after BT Openreach."

David Siegel, managing director at HighNet, said: “This fantastic collaboration marks a step change in HighNet’s evolution as a business-to-business ISP.

"We are looking forward to providing Glasgow’s business sector with best-in-class connectivity upon which they can develop and grow their business.

'Truly transformational'

“Access to high-quality, high-capacity internet capability can be truly transformational and we are delighted to be leading the charge in Glasgow.

“CityFibre’s track record in creating gigabit cities is unparalleled and we are excited at the opportunities this partnership will create.”

It is hoped that the new fibre network will transform the city’s digital infrastructure, providing speeds up to 100 times faster than the UK average and futureproofing the city for the coming decades.

CityFibre said, as with its other Gigabit City projects in Aberdeen, Coventry, Edinburgh, Peterborough and York, the network will be rolled out in line with its ‘Well Planned City’ model.

Ultimately the new service could form the backbone of a future gigabit fibre-to-the-home network, potentially also benefiting families as well as businesses throughout the area.

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