Edinburgh’s ultra-fast network nears completion

From left: Festival Theatre finance director Iain Ross, CityFibre head of regional development James McClafferty and Commsworld boss Ricky Nicol. Picture: Greg Macvean

From left: Festival Theatre finance director Iain Ross, CityFibre head of regional development James McClafferty and Commsworld boss Ricky Nicol. Picture: Greg Macvean

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Work to transform Edinburgh into the UK’s largest “gigabit city” with the installation of an ultra-fast network is set for completion by the end of next month, providing connectivity at speeds up to 100 times faster than the UK average to about 7,000 businesses.

Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre is one of the most recent sites to be connected to the network and can now offer ultrafast WiFi to visitors, saying that it believes the project will be “of major benefit” to the city.

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Infrastructure provider CityFibre is installing a network that laid out would stretch from the Scottish capital to Aberdeen, and the firm said that at the project’s peak it employed a team of more than 150.

It has so far installed 126 kilometres of pure fibre infrastructure in Edinburgh, working in partnership with telecommunications network service provider Commsworld, the official launch partner of the Edinburgh Gigabit City project and which is also based in the city.

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