CityFibre reaches major milestone in Dundee’s full fibre rollout
Thousands of premises across Dundee will soon be able to access full fibre connectivity as digital infrastructure giant CityFibre makes progress with its build across the city.
The Tayside city is one of a growing number of locations in the UK to benefit from CityFibre’s £4 billion ‘gigabit city’ investment programme, which will bring new and improved broadband infrastructure within reach of up to eight million homes and businesses nationwide.
In Dundee alone, the telecoms service provider is investing £40m, helping to secure the city’s position as one of the best digitally connected locations in the world.
The latest milestone sees Charleston and Ardler added to the increasing list of neighbourhoods where works are now largely complete, including Lochee, Downfield, St Mary’s and Menzieshill.
The next areas to benefit include Hilltown and Maryfield. Once the project reaches completion, almost every home and business across the city will be able to access full fibre services from a choice of providers.
Allan McEwan, CityFibre’s city manager for Dundee, said: “CityFibre has been making great progress in the city and we will continue to push ahead to connect even more neighbourhoods to the network.
“We know local residents can’t wait to experience the benefits of full fibre when services go live. The first service provider on the local network will be announced very soon, and it is exciting that we already have over 12,000 homes able to connect once they launch.”
Unlike copper-based ‘fibre broadband’ services available today, full fibre networks use 100% fibre optic cables to carry data at lightning speed all the way from the home to the point of connection. This gives users consistently faster upload and download speeds with near limitless bandwidth, so everyone at home can work, study, stream or game simultaneously, while providing connectivity users can depend on.
Construction is being delivered by GCU UK Ltd on behalf of CityFibre, working in close partnership with Dundee City Council and local communities to deliver a fast rollout while minimising potential disruption.
Councillor John Alexander, leader of Dundee City Council, added: “It is brilliant to see such progress on Dundee’s new state-of-the-art digital network. Reliable connectivity will help future-proof the city and we welcome this hugely important investment into its digital infrastructure. The city-wide network will help make Dundee one of the best-connected cities on the planet, something which will no doubt stimulate further inward investment. It is fantastic that residents and businesses across the city will very soon be able to take advantage of the many benefits of full fibre.”
CityFibre is currently working with Vodafone, TalkTalk, Zen and an ever-increasing number of partners.
Dundee residents interested in giving their home broadband a boost can find out more about the build, check their postcode and register interest here.