British infrastructure support service provider Amey has been selected by telecommunications service provider CityFibre to extend its 150km network in Edinburgh to homes and businesses across the city.
After completion, the communications infrastructure network is expected to cross 2,100km. An agreement with Amey is one of CityFibre’s first strategic partnerships with construction companies under plans to reach five million homes by 2025.
CityFibre’s is expected to invest more than £100m in the project. Preparatory construction work commenced in November 2018 and Amey intends to create around 300 local jobs over the project’s lifespan.
The infrastructure project is expected to provide a direct economic impact of more than £50m and unlock long-term impact of more than £4.3bn to Edinburgh’s economy.
CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said: “Amey has a formidable reputation in the sector and we are delighted to have them onboard for our flagship Gigabit City rollout in Edinburgh.
“This project represents a long, stable, city-wide build that will enable Amey to resource confidently and deliver at pace.
“This is expected to be the start of our partnership and that it will soon expand to cover further city builds across the country.”
Recently, CityFibre has raised £1.12bn of debt to fund the first part of its £2.5bn investment plan to provide wholesale full-fibre access to 20% of the UK market.
Amey CEO Andy Milner said: “We’re delighted that CityFibre has chosen Amey to transform the broadband provision in Edinburgh.
“As a trusted provider of utility services, we’re looking forward to working with CityFibre on this flagship project to deliver a service that benefits local residents and in turn helps Edinburgh become a truly intelligently connected city.”
The project is one of the biggest single investments made in the UK’s digital infrastructure.
Housing and Economy vice convener Councillor Lezley Marion Cameron said: “Becoming a globally competitive digital city, and the Data Capital of Europe is a key priority of Edinburgh’s Economy Strategy.
“This continuing investment will see more Edinburgh citizens experience a transformation of their online world at home.
“For the wider Edinburgh economy, this brings increased productivity, employment opportunities, innovation and helps facilitate and underpins delivery of our Economy Strategy.
“As this project progresses we will work with CityFibre to minimise any disruption to residents and businesses.”
Image: Amey to build CityFibre’s full-fibre network in Edinburgh, UK. Photo: Courtesy of AMEY PLC.