SNP MSP for Stirling, Bruce Crawford, has welcomed the commitment by Vodafone and CityFibre of at least £10 million to roll-out Gigabit-capable infrastructure to the Stirling area.

 

The private funds will build on the City’s existing Gigabit network – with homes set to benefit for the first time.

 

The existing network currently connects around 30 Stirling Council sites – including schools.

 

Stirling is one of only four towns and cities across the UK to receive this funding and CityFibre and Vodafone work to connect one million households by 2021.

 

Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:

 

“By working towards a fibre-optic connection at every stage, speeds of up to 1,000Mbps can be achieved. This would be a phenomenal step forward for the City and surrounding area.

 

“Having recently visited Balquhidder Community Broadband in rural Stirling, and experienced their hyper-fast broadband, I know how much of a difference this technology can make.

 

“With the right infrastructure, we can ensure that Stirling is future-proofed in terms of internet access.

 

“This £10 million investment will go a long way in achieving this and I welcome this recent announcement.”

Stirling residents can register their interest in UltraFast Broadband today by visiting:

www.vodafone.co.uk/broadband/ultrafast