Glasgow’s Gigabit Transformation Goes West
The construction of Glasgow’s new full-fibre, Gigabit City network is now moving westwards into the thriving Finnieston area, marking a new milestone for the city’s digital transformation.
Launched in October by alternative infrastructure developer, CityFibre, the network now spans Glasgow city centre, including the Merchant City, giving businesses in more than 300 postcode areas access to 100 per cent fibre connectivity for the very first time.
City businesses are already benefiting, including The Beacon on St Vincent Street, Robb Ferguson Chartered Accountants, Global Connects Translation and Interpreting Services, (including Glasgow School of English and Lorca Spanish) and the Holiday Inn Express. Each has been connected by CityFibre’s Glasgow launch partner and internet service provider, HighNet.
Chardon Trading founders Maurice and Nicola Taylor, owners of the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express in Glasgow Theatreland, connected their West Nile Street hotel in December. Speaking of their experience to date, Nicola said: “Reliable, ultrafast connectivity is as important to our guests as a comfortable bed and a hot shower – without it, we wouldn’t have a business.
“Previously, we were unable to secure an ultrafast fibre connection – we have been waiting for almost three years - so the launch of Glasgow’s Gigabit City project has transformed the wi-fi service we can provide to our guests. The feedback has been fantastic and we look forward to welcoming new and return business and leisure customers who depend on the quality service we can provide.”
James McClafferty, head of regional development in Scotland at CityFibre, commented:
“Glasgow’s telecommunications infrastructure has been a high profile concern for city businesses for many years as they strive to keep ahead of digital trends.
“We are very excited to be investing in Glasgow and it’s fantastic to see the new infrastructure is already transforming connected businesses’ digital experience. This will ultimately help them become more productive and competitive and enable them to invest in new opportunities and tools which depend on resilient, reliable fibre connectivity.”
Construction is set to move into the Finnieston area through Bath Street, Sauchiehall Street and Sky Park in the coming weeks. A number of connections have already been lined up for several businesses including ISO Design, Senshi Digital and V-Ships at Sky Park, demonstrating the city’s growing digital expertise.
The build will move into further areas of the city as demand dictates. Businesses interested in registering their interest can do so at www.cityfibre.com/register_glasgow
CityFibre is currently completing Gigabit City projects in 42 UK cities including Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Stirling.
For more information about CityFibre and Glasgow’s Gigabit City project, visit: www.cityfibre.com