Dean Lockhart MSP has welcomed the announcement by CityFibre that Stirling will be the next UK city to be transformed by the roll-out of ultra-fast, Gigabit-capable full fibre broadband.
The roll-out is part of a commitment by Vodafone and CityFibre to deliver Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) to 12 cities and one million homes across the UK by 2021.
The decision is estimated to represent a £10 million investment in Stirling’s digital economy.
Working alongside Stirling Council’s broadband delivery group chaired by Cllr. McDonald, construction to home and businesses will begin later this year.
The announcement comes on the same day that EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator and part of the BT Group, has built multiple new 4G mobile sites in the county of Stirling, providing new 4G coverage to communities that include Balquidder, Kilmahog, Lochearnhead and the Carron Valley.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’This is fantastic news for residents and businesses across the Stirling area, and represents a huge investment in Stirling’s infrastructure by a UK backed scheme.
‘’Residents and businesses across our rural communities in particular will be greatly encouraged by the announcement.
‘’Improving digital infrastructure is a key way of helping our rural communities compete, and whilst there is undoubtedly more to be done, this is a huge step forward and will provide ultra-fast, full fibre broadband to thousands of properties.''