Aberdeen and the surrounding areas have now connected 93 public sector sites with 153km of new underground fibre cable laid so far, heading towards the target of 275km and 190 sites.
A project to bring full-fibre connectivity to the Scottish city of Aberdeen and the surrounding areas has reached its milestone midway point with a further 71 public sector sites connected.
The partnership between UK connectivity provider Neos Networks, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council and NHS Grampian, seeks to boost economic activity, quality of life and improve the delivery of public services in the region. Project funding comes under the Aberdeen City Region Deal announced in May 2020.
The latest segment of the project takes the total number of public sector sites upgraded by the project to 93. To achieve this, 153km of new underground fibre cable has been laid so far, heading towards the target of 275km and 190 sites, and completion by March 2022.
“The continued roll-out of fibre across Aberdeenshire is tremendously welcome, both from the perspective of the City Region Deal ambitions but also as a tangible benefit for Aberdeenshire,” said councillor Andy Kille, leader of Aberdeenshire Council and chair of the Aberdeen City Region Deal (ACRD) joint committee.
“Connectivity and access to online services is in line with the ambitions in the Council Digital Strategy and is a fundamental part of the aims of the ACRD. It is reassuring to see that the project is on track for completion next year, despite recent challenges.”
The public sector locations benefitting from the most recent deployment have spanned hospitals, schools, libraries and leisure sites, including: Mackie Academy; Portlethen Academy; Newtonhill Library; Kincardine Community Hospital; Stonehaven Medical Centre; and Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool.
“Improving connectivity in our city is essential to making our region more attractive, helping people to work from home as well as keep families and friends well connected”
“I am delighted that things are progressing so well with the full fibre project. Not only are our corporate sites now able to connect to gigabit speed connectivity but the additional community benefits provided by Neos Networks have been exceptional,” said Jenny Laing, leader of Aberdeen City Council.
“Improving connectivity in our city is essential to making our region more attractive, helping people to work from home as well as keep families and friends well connected. The full fibre project is key in helping to drive regional economic growth.”
“The past year has shown how essential fast and secure internet connections are for our public services,” added Iain Stewart, UK government minister for Scotland.
“From hospitals to schools, 93 public buildings in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are now benefitting from full fibre connectivity thanks to the City Region Deal.
The Scottish Government is contributing £125m over 10 years to the ACRD, supporting the region’s economic recovery by creating jobs and providing the commercial infrastructure to support and attract businesses to Aberdeen and the surrounding areas.