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CityFibre has announced that it is to expand its next-generation pure fibre broadband network in Stirling.

Construction will begin in June 2017 and see Stirling become Scotland's fourth so-called Gigabit City.

CityFibre will deliver the state-of-the-art fibre infrastructure in partnership with MLL Telecoms and Stirling Council and the first phase should take 14 months to complete.

James McClafferty, Head of Regional Development in Scotland at CityFibre, commented: "By providing unlimited bandwidth and true fibre connectivity, CityFibre’s privately funded investment in Stirling will benefit all areas of the community. 

"As the first organisation to be connected, Stirling Council will, for example, explore the e-learning potential offered by Gigabit connectivity in schools and libraries, whilst improving the use of digital and web-based tools and services for both staff and customers."

Mr McClafferty also stated that the project will be good for Stirling's economy, as it will make the city more competitive and help to attract new businesses to the area.

"We are already seeing this trend emerge in our Gigabit City projects across the UK and in others throughout the world," he said.

Johanna Boyd, Leader of Stirling Council, added the infrastructure upgrades are "excellent news" for people who live, work and study in the area.

"We’ve been clear that we want Stirling to be one of the most digitally connected cities in Europe, and this project is an essential step in helping us realise that ambition," she said.

This comes shortly after CityFibre hailed news that the government is committing £400 million to improving the UK's fibre broadband infrastructure.

Greg Mesch, Chief Executive of the company, insisted that plugging the UK's "fibre gap" and empowering its service-based economy is "essential".

He said the new funding would stimulate competitive fibre rollout at scale by new communications infrastructure builders and serve as "a catalyst for the delivery of the UK’s fibre future".

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