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Politicians Celebrate Stirling as First Gigabit City in Scotland

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Categories: Broadband, SNP Scottish Government, Stirling Council, Telecommunications

Alyn Smith MP and Stirling Council Leader Scott Farmer last week joined a virtual event with CityFibre to celebrate Stirling being the first Gigabit City in the country. 

A £10 million project from CityFibre and Vodafone has brought fibre optic connectivity to over 17,500 properties in the Stirling area, giving businesses, residents, and public sector organisations speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, or a Gigabit.

Already, investment from CityFibre had meant that Stirling Council had been able to connect buildings on its estate to the ultrafast network in the city area. CityFibre estimates that around 7,000 pupils and staff in local schools will benefit from access to ultrafast network speeds. 

Alyn Smith MP said:

“This is an incredible achievement, and will help to ensure that residents, businesses, and public organisations across the city area have access to the highest possible speeds. 

“The Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal has at its heart developing the local digital economy. Young people growing up today will have jobs that don’t yet exist, and we need to stay ahead of the game when it comes to infrastructure that supports that. 

“So a big congratulations to the CityFibre team who have worked tirelessly over the past few years to make this a reality. We can now say that Stirling is the first Gigabit city in Scotland!”

Councillor Scott Farmer said:

“This has been a learning process for all of us, as CityFibre has undertaken such a significant and wide-ranging project across the whole of our City. However, the results are remarkable. Stirling residents have future-proof connectivity, enabling the use of a larger number of smart home devices, as well as better connections for working from home – something that many of us have had to get used to!

“The Council is working to deliver these connections to buildings on our estate, including schools and libraries, which will hugely benefit the people using these important services.”

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Photograph: Alyn Smith MP and Councillor Scott Farmer join virtual event to celebrate Stirling being a Gigabit City.