Work gets underway to make Glasgow one of Europe’s best-connected cities

Glasgow’s ambition to be one of Europe’s best-connected cities has moved a step closer with work underway to link up thousands of homes and businesses.

The firm has worked closely with the local authority since 2016, supporting its mission to make Glasgow a 'Smart City'.

The rollout, which has already begun in several sites south of the Clyde, will build on the full-fibre infrastructure CityFibre has already deployed in the city.

The firm has worked closely with the local authority since 2016, supporting its mission to make Glasgow a “Smart City”.

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More than 1,200 of Glasgow City Council’s public sector sites, including hospitals, schools and council buildings, have already been connected to the fibre network, providing access to “ultra-fast, future-proof, and extremely reliable digital connectivity”.

The network has also served sectors of the business community since 2017. In addition, more than 200 mobile phone masts are being connected to the system, supporting the deployment of 5G across the city.

Blantyre-based construction partner PMK has been chosen to lay the 1,300 kilometres of fibre network in the south of the city.

Build is scheduled to begin in the north of the city later this year and the full city-wide deployment is expected to be “substantially” completed by 2025, A separate build programme to bring full fibre to sites across Renfrewshire has also been underway since summer last year.

The network is not yet live, but once activated, services will be available from an increasing range of broadband providers. Across the UK, CityFibre is already working with launch partner Vodafone to deliver “next generation” broadband services.

David Cannon, CityFibre’s city manager for Glasgow, said: “Glasgow has always been a city of ambition and the scale of our build matches that.

“This is a huge project and one that signals the start of an exciting new chapter for the city. The network, once built, will serve its connectivity needs for decades to come and will power future economic growth which will be particularly important in the recovery from the pandemic.”

Councillor Angus Millar, chairman of the Digital Glasgow Board, added: “This latest stage in investment by CityFibre in Glasgow’s digital infrastructure will make a real and noticeable difference in our home and working lives.”

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