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Super-fast broadband specialist CityFibre is aiming to transform Aberdeen into Scotland's first 'Gigabit City'.

The infrastructure developer has announced plans to build a fibre-optic network in the coastal city, similar to its existing Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) rollouts in Bournemouth, Peterborough and Coventry.

Working in conjunction with local broadband provider Internet for Business (IFB), CityFibre aims to provide 1Gb broadband access to 6,000 Aberdeen companies, plus hundreds of public sector sites, such as schools, libraries and council buildings.

The firm said its infrastructure could also be used to offer ultra-fast broadband to residential properties in the future.

In York, CityFibre is currently working with Sky and TalkTalk to ensure ultra-fast home broadband can be delivered via its fibre network.

And the firm hopes a similar agreement can be reached to boost residential connectivity in Aberdeen.

Greg Mesch, Chief Executive of CityFibre, said the company selected Aberdeen as it represents "the perfect opportunity for a 'Gigabit City' project".

"Its economic power, business make-up and absence of alternative network mean that Aberdeen will be in a position to take full advantage of this transformational digital infrastructure," he stated.

"Alongside IFB, CityFibre is honoured to be able to add to the proud history of this city by building a modern digital infrastructure that will future-proof Aberdeen, its businesses and residents for the next 100 years."

Jenny Laing, Leader of Aberdeen City Council, said she is "hugely excited" to see CityFibre and IFB bring the fibre-optic broadband project to life.

She claimed the new fibre infrastructure will help realise the city's ambitions of being "at the leading edge of the digital revolution".

Councillor Laing added that world-class connectivity is "essential for continued growth".

"It helps lay the foundations for significant improvements for residential customers in the future," she added.

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