Working in partnership with the UK Government’s Local Full Fibre Network Fund, these five Scottish public sector organisations have awarded a £9.5m contract to Capita for the delivery of gigabit-capable services to 152 sites by March 2021. In addition, CityFibre has committed a multi-million-pound private investment to construct the fibre network connecting the sites, which it will design, operate and own.
Improved connectivity will transform the provision and access of public services, while also accelerating investment in the region by future-proofing its digital capabilities. Full fibre provides the crucial infrastructure required to develop new digital services and smart city applications such as smart traffic controls, HD CCTV and even remote health and care tools.
Highland school children will also benefit. Full fibre connectivity will enhance digital learning by improving the performance of devices such as tablets and computers, while future-proofing their connectivity for further innovations in digital learning. This will be vital as digital skills continue to underpin the jobs and workplaces of tomorrow.
Speaking of the announcement, Drew Hendry MP (SNP, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey), said: “The Gigabit City steering group has been working to realise this cutting-edge high-speed fibre connectivity over the past year and today’s announcement will ensure we make significant progress towards that objective. As well as transforming internet connectivity in our public buildings, I would like to see our business community also benefit from this infrastructure in the future. The potential for Inverness and the wider Highlands really is enormous through improved productivity, inward investment and innovation. Instead of following, we will be at the forefront of the digital opportunities and that is certainly cause for celebration.”