GCU (UK) Ltd have been awarded 4 contracts in Scotland by CityFibre.

CityFibre is transforming Britain’s digital landscape, investing in dense full-fibre networks across the country and is the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform.

Our 8 million premises rollout is already in plan or build in 62 cities, with more to be announced. CityFibre are looking to connect almost every home and business in each of these cities, giving the community access to gigabit speed connections over symmetrical, reliable networks.

Aberdeen commenced in the autumn of 2018 with GCU being awarded 6 Primary Node areas within the cities Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) build. After completion of this Advanced Works Contract a further build of 70,000 homes was awarded and work has been ongoing. In January 2021 it was announced by CityFibre that the city would be ‘super-sized’ and an additional 31,000 homes added to the contract.

With the successful roll out of Aberdeen and GCU’s ability to fulfil client requirements to specification and time the contract for the City of Inverness was awarded to GCU through negotiation to cover the construction of the FTTP network for approximately 23,000 premises and construction works to provide connectivity for 102 Public Sector Network connections. The contract has been further extended to include the works within the 102 public premises.

The third contract has run alongside Inverness to complete PSN builds within the towns of Wick, Thurso and Fort William. GCU has extensive experience of working in rural Scotland which made the company the ideal fit with the necessary experience to complete the works on time, to specification and within budget.

The latest contract which commenced in September 2020 is in Dundee. The work covers the construction of the FTTP network for approximately 61,000 premises and associated feeder network construction. This is the most ambitious build schedule GCU have taken on with the works due for completion in Q4 of 2022.

Throughout the builds on the 4 contracts GCU (UK) Ltd and CityFibre as client and principal designer have work collaboratively to ensure homes are delivered on time. Dialogue has been open and the development of trust between the parties evident not only in the award of contracts but negotiation for the future delivery of another 100,000 homes in Scotland which GCU hope to be awarded within the next few months.

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