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CityFibre has confirmed it is extending its rollout of fibre broadband beyond Glasgow city centre.

The network was launched in the city centre in October last year, but construction will now move west into the Finnieston area.

CityFibre has hailed this as a "new milestone" for Glasgow's digital transformation, particularly as several businesses in this area have already registered an interest in connecting to the network.

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."

Mr McClafferty said the full-fibre network is resilient and reliable, adding that it will help firms in the city become more productive, competitive and able to invest in new opportunities and digital tools.

Nicola Taylor, founder of Chardon Trading, which owns two Holiday Inn hotels in Glasgow, is among those to hail the recent connectivity improvements.

She insisted that reliable ultrafast connectivity is as important to hotel guests as a comfortable bed and a hot shower.

"Previously, we were unable to secure an ultrafast fibre connection," she commented.

"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." 

Ms Taylor added that the feedback has been "fantastic" and that it is looking forward to welcoming new and return business and leisure customers "who depend on the quality service we can provide".

CityFibre added 5,063 new connections worth £75.5 million across the UK last year, which compares with 1,100 connections worth £23 million in 2015.

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