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Gigabit Speed Connectivity to Revolutionise Aberdeen

1 October 2014

Registration open for Private and Public Sector to access gigabit speed connectivity

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Businesses, organisations and institutions across Aberdeen are being given the opportunity to shape the roll-out of a new transformational pure fibre network which will make Aberdeen one of the best digitally connected cities in the world.

Infrastructure builder CityFibre and service provider Internet For Business (IFB) aim to bring the benefits of gigabit speed connectivity to as many organisations in Aberdeen as possible over the new state-of-the-art pure fibre network, known as the ‘Aberdeen CORE’.

The network roll-out will be demand-led, and CityFibre has today launched its ‘Gig Up Aberdeen’ campaign to allow the private and public sectors to register their interest and help shape the network route by visiting the aberdeencore.com website.

Registration is no obligation to take service, but by registering, organisations can signal their desire to be included in the network route. Registered businesses will also be checked for eligibility for a government voucher scheme* which offers grants of up to £3,000 for businesses to connect.

The Aberdeen CORE will bring gigabit speeds within reach of over 6,000 companies as well as hundreds of public sector sites including schools, universities, libraries, hospitals and government agency buildings.

The project is strategically significant for Aberdeen. The city boasts one of the strongest regional economies in the UK, accounts for 28% of Scotland’s GDP and is home to 30% of the country’s top 100 businesses. It has the second highest broadband take-up rate in the UK, but an absence ofsuitable cable infrastructure.

The Aberdeen CORE will initially focus on the centre and south of the city, including Tullos and Altens, as well as the north as far as Dyce and Bridge of Don. Subject to demand from the Gig Up campaign, the build programme will be extended to further areas, such as Westhill and Kingswells.

Construction will commence in January 2015 and the first users are expected to benefit from the network as soon as March with the first phase of the build due to be completed in the autumn.

CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said: “Aberdeen is poised to benefit from access to gigabit speed connectivity. In such an influential city economy, the city’s businesses have a global reach and will now have world-class digital infrastructure to support them. The Aberdeen CORE will bring gigabit speed connectivity to thousands of businesses via a future-proof, purpose-built network. As we plan the rollout it is essential that the private and public sectors in the city register their demand to ensure that the Aberdeen CORE delivers maximum value.”

Graeme Gordon, CEO of IFB, said: “Our partnership with CityFibre and the creation of this city-wide, state-of-the-art pure fibre network is vital to servicing the evolving needs of businesses in Aberdeen.

“Many of our clients and companies based in the city have divisions around the world, and demand the digital capability to communicate reliably, efficiently and easily. The new network will provide businesses with confidence in the city’s capacity to support their digital requirements now, and as they grow in the future.

“This is a very exciting time for IFB. This project will bring choice and affordable gigabit connectivity to the market, as we establish Aberdeen on the map as the best digitally connected city in Scotland.”

Civic and business leaders in the city have been quick to recognise the significance of the project. Aberdeen City Council leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “It is very exciting to see CityFibre and IFB bring forward this fast-track project, ensuring that Aberdeen city and shire have a next-generation digital infrastructure to boost economic growth over the coming years. The decision to make Aberdeen a Gigabit City helps us to realise the ambitions laid out in our Accelerate Aberdeen initiative to be at the forefront of the digital revolution.

“It is essential that Aberdeen, as one of the foremost business hubs in the UK and Scotland, has the world-class connectivity necessary for continued growth.  The new fibre network will also help us to lay the foundations for significant improvements for residential customers in the future.”

Ian Armstrong, regional director for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, said: “SCDI strongly welcomes this major investment by CityFibre into the area’s connectivity, which will be critical to maintaining and growing investment and jobs in Aberdeen and the surrounding region.”

Bob Collier, chief executive of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, said: “Connectivity matters to every enterprise in the region.

“The energy sector needs global connectivity to remain a centre of excellence; the food and drink sectors need connections to markets; the service sector needs to connect to people and businesses; and connectivity is essential to growing visitor numbers to the region.

“Digital connectivity matters to secure our future prosperity, and the launch of Aberdeen CORE provides an opportunity for business to benefit from access to this high-speed connectivity.”

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