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Vodafone and CityFibre have confirmed they are to invest at least £40 million in full-fibre broadband in Aberdeen.

In November last year, the two firms announced a long-term strategic partnership that will lead to up to five million premises having access to ultrafast broadband by 2025.

The first phase will see fibre-to-the-premises technology - which is currently only available to around three per cent of UK premises - being deployed to one million homes and businesses over three years.

Vodafone and CityFibre will then have the option of extending the commercial terms of their agreement to reach a further four million premises by 2025.

The deployment in Aberdeen means it will be the first city in Scotland with almost universal access to gigabit-speed broadband.

Greg Mesch, Chief Executive of CityFibre, commented: "Our commitment to Aberdeen is further evidence of the action CityFibre is taking to deliver Britain’s full-fibre future.

"We are getting on with the job of building Gigabit Britain at full speed."

Nick Jeffery, Chief Executive of Vodafone, added that the infrastructure upgrade will help Aberdeen bolster its status as an innovative city and one of the best places in which to start a business.

Furthermore, he argued that a full-fibre deployment would transform the everyday lives of consumers by giving them "superior" internet access.

This comes after Milton Keynes was named as the first location for Vodafone's and CityFibre's full-fibre rollout.

It was chosen after being after identified by the Centre for Cities as one of five Fast Growth Cities in the UK, while the broadband firms also believe its high levels of productivity and population and employment growth make it a good choice, as it has "significant potential for the future".

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