CityFibre, the pint-sized would-be rival to BT, has confirmed it plans to expand its gigabit network in Aberdeen.
The organisation, which positions itself as an alternative provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure, said that it will expand the network across an extra 57 public sector sites.
As part of an ongoing partnership with Capita and the Scotland-wide SWAN programme, the network will support schools, council offices, libraries and community centres.
Once the network is completed, the next-generation full-fibre infrastructure will extend 100 kilometres and connect 166 key public-sector buildings across the city.
The project is intended to kit outimportant sites with state-of-the-art infrastructure offering gigabit speed internet services so they can "harness the benefits of full-fibre connectivity".
As well as this, the investment from CityFibre will "future-proof the digital capabilities of Aberdeen City Council" and make it one of the most "future-fit" councils in the country, or so it claims.
With access to full-fibre connectivity, the Council is hoping to boost productivity and improve digital systems, such as online administration
The network will also help the Council deploy so-called smart city innovations, such as 'smart' street lighting, traffic management systems and e-learning systems in schools.
James McClafferty, head of regional development in Scotland at CityFibre, said the network will deliver huge benefits for the entire city and council.
"Helping Aberdeen take hold of its digital future has been a truly collaborative process from the very beginning," he said.
"This second phase of our strategic partnership with Capita and Aberdeen City Council will bring next-generation digital connectivity to even more of the city's public sites and organisations as our network expands.'
He added: "To meet the demands of the digital age, it is paramount that we have reliable, future-proof connectivity to support new industries as they emerge and help traditional industries evolve.
"The city's potential as a key player in the UK's digital economy is starting to be recognised and our aim is to bolster this by building the full-fibre foundations it needs for continued success."
Councillor Douglas Lumsden, co-leader of Aberdeen City Council, said: "By partnering with CityFibre, we have positioned Aberdeen as one of the best connected cities with some of the best digitally-equipped public services in the country.
"As well as revolutionising our technology systems and services, CityFibre's ongoing investment has already helped attract top talent and continued investment at a critical time for the city."
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