The City of discovery to benefit from the fastest communications network in Europe.

Fibrecity has today announced that residents and businesses in the City of Dundee have been invited to connect to its city-wide fibre optic communications network for free via an opt in campaign that will run over the next 12 months.

The fibre optic network, which is being built at the expense of Fibrecity Holdings at a cost of £30 million, will allow more than 70,000 households and businesses in the City to benefit from next generation services including super fast broadband of up to 100Mbps ? this is typically tens of times faster than other services currently offered on the market.

The initiative will be Scotland’s largest fibre to the home (FTTH) network which means that households will be able to download and upload files, videos and emails far quicker than ever before.

In addition to super fast broadband, residents and businesses opting in to Fibrecity Dundee will be given the opportunity to benefit from a wide choice of services including IPTV, remote medical monitoring, home automation and remote home security.

Fibrecity Dundee will use a proportion of Scottish Water?s waste water network to lay the fibre optic cable across the city. The initiative will create employment in the city and Fibrecity will open a regional office. This pioneering initiative¹ has the potential to be rolled out across Scotland.

Elfed Thomas, CEO, H2O Networks Group said: “We are leading the way where other, far bigger organisations have failed to deliver. Broadband speeds are often slow and unreliable and the Government has already voiced its concerns about this. Fibrecity Dundee will allow businesses and homes to use media rich services including video and IPTV which require large bandwidth.”

Convener of Dundee City Council’s economic development committee, Lord Provost John Letford said: “As an early adopter of new technologies and as a community with a high proportion of broadband users, both in private homes and commercial premises, it is entirely fitting that we should be chosen as the first place in Scotland to have access to this new development. I am sure that having the choice of faster download and upload speeds will be an incentive for anyone considering investing in Dundee.”

The campaign has been designed to create awareness in Dundee about Fibrecity and the benefits it will bring to the City. Eligible premises will receive an invite through the post which will detail how they can sign up to this pioneering project. They include:

  • Fill in the tear off slip on the invite letter and return to 3 The Parks, Newton Le Willows, Merseyside, WA12 0JQ
  • Visit fibrecity and fill in the online form
  • Call freephone 0800 95 4 20 20 to request a pack
  • Visit the exhibition at the Wellgate Centre from 26th January to 24th May
  • A team of Fibrecity advisors will also be out and around the City to answer any queries that residents and businesses may have.

Work has already started on Fibrecity Bournemouth which has seen a large number of residents and businesses opt in to the initiative over the last couple of months. Work on Fibrecity Dundee will start this summer and will take approximately two years to roll out.

Fibrecity is not a service provider and it will announce which companies will be delivering the next generation services as this information becomes available.

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