Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP for Lothian, Gordon Lindhurst, has today welcomed the £100 million City Fibre project which will deliver full fibre broadband across Edinburgh.
The work will be good news for families and businesses across the city who are experiencing slow internet speeds, bringing transformational gigabit-speed internet connectivity. That should in turn improve the online experience for individuals and improve productivity for businesses, estimated to be worth £86 million over 15 years.
The project started in Balerno in February and will see almost every home and business benefit from the rollout. The same infrastructure has already been delivered for some local businesses and the public sector estate.
Lindhurst welcomed the work and said that it will form a solid foundation for Edinburgh’s ambitions to be the data capital of Europe.
Speaking during a debate in the Scottish Parliament, Lindhurst said:
“Edinburgh is an ambitious digital city, and this investment will ensure that we join some of the most digitally connected across the world.
“UK and Scottish Government funding towards the £1.3 billion Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal aims to establish the region as the data capital of Europe.
“Bringing together key partners in the city, including its universities, and utilising data to improve people’s lives, not just locally but in a range of different ways for people across the world.
“Fast and reliable internet access is therefore vital for a city and region with the ambitions that Edinburgh and the South East Region have to be a leader in data.”
Speaking after the debate, the Lothian MSP said:
“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is well underway and will change the way we work and live our lives.
“The fact that Edinburgh is one of the first cities in the UK that will benefit from the full rollout of fibre broadband is welcome and plays to our key strengths.
“I look forward to the work being completed and Edinburgh establishing itself as one of the world’s most competitive digital cities.”