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Vodafone claims Aberdeen will be first Scottish city to get full fibre broadband

  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 11:31 AM

Bold claims from the person appointed as the city manager for Aberdeen by Vodafone.

Aberdeen will be the first city in Scotland to get full fibre broadband, a world-class technology that will help make life better for everyone in the Granite City. I am immensely proud and excited to be part of the team making this long-held dream a concrete reality for Aberdonians.

Chris Carroll, city manager, Vodafone

This is the claim made in the latest press release that ensures we will not forget that City Fibre and Vodafone are rolling out to up to 1 million premises of full fibre by the end of 2021.

At an event in Aberdeen involving more than 50 stakeholders were given an insight into the roll-out which is aiming to connect almost every home and business in Aberdeen via fibre to the premises (or FTTP or full fibre depending on your shorthand preference).

The quote we hope is referring to Aberdeen as getting the first high coverage roll-out in Scotland, since there are some 31,500 premises with full fibre options already in Scotland and this figure is increasing weekly. Aberdeen City itself has 1,289 premises of FTTP via Openreach, but this is only 1.1% of the city. More on the CityFibre Aberdeen plans including a map of the core fibre network is at

We would also advise CityFibre to update their notes to the editor, our public tracker is showing FTTP coverage at 4.06% but should jump to around 4.2% once we add all the changes in the last week, plus there is another 0.4% to 0.6% that needs adding from the Virgin Media FTTP deployment (fibre to the wall of each home carrying RFOG).


Good PR work that, even though VM has been rolling out FTTP in Dunfermline, Midlothian, West Lothian and Renfrewshire for over a year... they are using the term "city" to make them look like the first to deliver FTTP? Poor show.

  • weesteev
  • 10 months ago

Has someone finally decided to use the old Aberdeen Cable network then?

  • camieabz
  • 10 months ago

camieabz: That was pretty much ripped out years ago.

  • brusuth
  • 10 months ago

PR work across the board isn't great. VM's 'fibre optic broadband' or their describing their network as 'gigaready' come to mind.

Vodafone / CF will be releasing a product blows away Openreach and Virgin Media in terms of both price and performance. That should be decent enough PR.

I am looking forward to VM's PR once this and other networks are more complete. 'Fastest widely available broadband! * ** ***

*Excludes upload speeds
**Excludes areas with Fibre to the Premises
***Only applies to areas we've bothered to upgrade to a 5 year old standard widely deployed in North America / Europe.

  • CarlThomas
  • 10 months ago

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