It’s fantastic news for Inverness, as it is confirmed that it will become one of the next in the UK to join the ‘Gigabit City Club’. Set to form part of the next phase in CityFibre’s £2.5bn investment plan, full fibre infrastructure is coming to the capital of the Highlands.
This exciting announcement takes the current project from delivering only to public sector sites, to building a large-scale fibre to the premises network to provide Gigabit Broadband for thousands of homes in and around Inverness, and full-fibre Gigabit connectivity to businesses too.
What is a Gigabit City?
Gigabit Cities have been designed to fully future-proof local business, government, health and education sectors and homes with state-of-the-art digital infrastructure.
Across the UK, the rise of new technologies and cloud services are radically transforming the way we live and work and so government, businesses and citizens are increasingly aware of the importance of digital infrastructure. As our everyday lives become more reliant on bandwidth and our homes start to fill with connected devices, only a Gigabit City with fibres running into every corner will be able to keep up.
The benefits of full fibre connectivity are massive, and it will give businesses the confidence they need to grow and scale their operation. When complete, businesses in Inverness and the surrounding areas shouldn’t ever need to worry about poor connectivity again.
A Fully Connect City
CityFibre have already delivered this kind of network to Stirling, Aberdeen and large parts of Edinburgh and these cities are already starting to reap the benefits. A ‘Gigabit Steering Group’ set up by Drew Hendry MP, worked tirelessly to put forward the case for Inverness to become a Gigabit City. This group consisted of representatives from Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Inverness Chamber of Commerce, Scottish Council for Development and Industry, HighNet and CityFibre. It was the work from this steering group that gave CityFibre the confidence to invest in Inverness.
David Siegel, Managing Director at HighNet:
‘Everyone here at HighNet is absolutely thrilled to see Inverness confirmed as part of the CityFibre Gigabit City rollout. This is just a fantastic development for Inverness, and will bring so many advantages to businesses and homes across the city.
Hats off to everyone involved in pulling this together over the last few years, I know how much work has gone into it. Now, we can’t wait to help transform the digital future for local businesses across this wonderful city.’