The Aberdeen city region has been selected by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as one of six pilot areas within the UK, and only one in Scotland, to share £10 million of funding towards gigabit fibre broadband to business premises.
The UK Government recognises the importance of world-class digital connectivity to business competitiveness and has created a £200 million programme to kick start the delivery of full fibre broadband across the UK. Digital connectivity is one of six key project areas that make up the Aberdeen City Region Deal (CRD). This funding awarded to the Aberdeen city region by UK Government is in recognition of the region’s work to advance full fibre connections locally and increase delivery of ultrafast fibre.
Welcoming the funding, Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of private sector economic development body Opportunity North East, who also chairs its ONE Digital & Entrepreneurship sector board, said: “This region has huge potential to develop both products and high-growth companies in the industrial digital space, including in oil and gas, life sciences and food, drink and agriculture. To achieve this, we need to foster the right entrepreneurial environment and ensure that the region’s digital infrastructure is a match for the capabilities and ambitions of its companies. Investment in our digital connectivity is therefore essential.”