CityFibre has announced that it will deploy a 20km fibre network in the Scottish city of Stirling.
The rollout will take around 14 months but once complete will provide speeds of 1Gbps to homes and businesses able to connect to the network.
In time the company predicts as many as 3,000 businesses in the city will be able to connect, while public buildings such as schools, libraries, offices and community facilities will also be able to connect.
Stirling Council Leader Johanna Boyd said that having a modern fibre network installed in the city would have huge benefits for businesses and residents like.
"This leap forward for our digital connectivity will make our existing businesses more competitive, encourage new businesses to the city centre, and enable us to deliver education and skills programmes, which not only ensure our students are the most digitally skilled in Scotland, but also provide people of all circumstances and skill levels with opportunities for employment."
James McClafferty, CityFibre's Head of Regional Development in Scotland, gave more insight on the specific uses for the high-speed network that the company believes will benefit the city.
"Stirling Council will, for example, explore the e-learning potential offered by Gigabit connectivity in schools and libraries, whilst improving the use of digital and web-based tools and services for both staff and customers," he said.
"What"s more, as the project progresses we expect Stirling to benefit economically as the city becomes more competitive in terms of attracting new businesses, supporting growth amongst existing firms and creating jobs. We are already seeing this trend emerge in our Gigabit City projects across the UK and in others throughout the world."
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