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CityFibre’s first Gigabit City on track for 2020 completion

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Stirling in Scotland is set to become CityFibre’s first completed Gigabit City by mid-2020, the alternative infrastructure provider reports.

Stirling is on track to provide a full-fibre network to almost every home and business by summer 2020, according to CityFibre, which has completed more than half of its Gigabit City build programme.

Using fibre-optic cables, installed by CityFibre, at every stage of a connection instead of traditional telephone lines, Vodafone Gigafast Broadband promises to give users download speeds 20 times faster and upload speeds 150 times faster than the average fixed broadband service in the UK. CityFibre says this connectivity would allow the whole family to simultaneously stream films, play online games or upload videos and photos across multiple devices with no lag, buffering or dropout.

Neil Blagden, Director of Digital & Commercial Operations at Vodafone UK, said, “At speeds of up to 900 Mbps, Vodafone Gigafast Broadband is ideal for hi-tech businesses, connected classrooms and buffer-free households. It will boost the local economy and improve people’s lives. Every family member or employee can get online at the same time, with no delays. We look forward to bringing the service to more people across the city.”

Gigabit Cities

The Stirling Gigabit City project forms part of CityFibre’s £2.5 billion Gigabit City investment programme to bring full fibre to five million homes and businesses by 2025.

Stirling City Council is using CityFibre’s network to connect key public sites such as schools, libraries and community venues. It will also serve as a backbone for the future deployment of 5G and a host of Internet of Things and Smart City applications.

Councillor Scott Farmer, Leader of Stirling Council, said: “We are proud Stirling is well on its way to becoming the nation’s first completed Gigabit City project and believe it is the start of a huge digital opportunity for businesses and residents in the area. This forward-thinking approach and strategic partnership with CityFibre and Vodafone ensures we are securing the critical digital infrastructure we need today, as well as helping to safeguard the digital future of our residents and businesses.”