CityFibre has won a £5.6m contract to provide a 100km fibre network for council properities in Edinburgh, replacing the existing BT Openreach copper network.
The deal has been signed by CityFibre and ICT firm CGI, which is overseeing a huge £186m IT overhaul for Edinburgh City Council. The rollout will see almost 300 council-owned sites, such as libraries, offices and hospitals, covered by the network.
The contract will last for at least seven years, with an option to extend it for as many as 19, and CityFibre will work alongside telecoms provider Commsworld to oversee the installation, which should be completed in 12 months.
Once live, over 500 buildings will be connected to the fibre network, including 137 primary and secondary schools, which CityFibre said will receive speeds 50 to 100 times faster than are currently available.
The rollout could also form the backbone of fibre-to-the-home rollouts in Edinburgh, the company added.
Greg Mesch, chief executive of CityFibre, explained that the deal is the company’s largest so far and proof that its focus on super high-speed fibre services is paying off.
“This is CityFibre’s largest contract to date and, in such a prestigious city as Edinburgh, it is a landmark in our growth as a firm,” he said.
“This contract solidifies the power of our Gigabit City model and indicates the appetite from city leaders to embrace a new generation of infrastructure. In our Gigabit Cities, we are now a true infrastructure alternative to BT Openreach.”
Councilor Alasdair Rankin, convener of the Finance and Resources Committee for Edinburgh City Council, said that the deal will provide huge benefits for the city.
“One of the exciting things CGI will do through its chosen partners, including CityFibre and Commsworld, is speed up our move to greater online capability, giving residents and businesses greater flexibility to engage with the council and carry out their transactions digitally,” he added.
“This will make us a more efficient and effective organisation across our wide range of council services.”
The deal builds on a 50km CityFibre rollout announced in March that will bring services to 7,000 businesses in the city. The company said at the time that it will deliver a full 150km network, suggesting that the deal with the council was already being discussed.
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