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New fibre broadband network to be built for Aberdeen

Thursday, September 4th 2014 by Editorial
Aberdeen is to benefit from a custom-built fibre network to deliver better broadband to its businesses.

Network provider CityFibre is teaming up with Scotland's Internet for Business (IFB) project to deliver better broadband to firms based in Aberdeen - a move that will see the location become Scotland's first ever Gigabit City.

This will involve more than 6,000 businesses in the city being connected to a state-of-the-art fibre network, which will be built especially for Aberdeen.

Chief Executive Officer of IFB Graeme Gordon commented: "We are delighted to be working with CityFibre to give businesses in Aberdeen the opportunity to grow. We know how important connectivity services are to businesses in Aberdeen, as there is always an increasing demand for more bandwidth."

Aberdeen now contributes around 28 per cent towards Scotland's total GDP, meaning improved internet is needed to give local firms a boost to help this to continue.

The new fibre network will see schools, universities, hospitals, government buildings and libraries throughout the city connected to superfast broadband.

Local Councillors have welcomed the announcement, with Leader of Aberdeen City Council Jenny Laing stating the news was "hugely exciting".