Cityfibre makes key appointment to oversee Edinburgh and Stirling full fibre roll-out
Gigabit City builder recruits Elaine Doherty to spearhead £110m project to bring ‘gold standard’ internet connectivity to homes and businesses
CityFibre has appointed a new development manager as it prepares to begin work on a £110m project to transform digital infrastructure in two Scottish cities.
Edinburgh and Stirling are among the first locations in Scotland to benefit from a strategic partnership between CityFibre and Vodafone, which will see full fibre connectivity reach 1 million homes and businesses across the UK by 2021.
With work on the network roll-out set to commence later this year, CityFibre has appointed Elaine Doherty as City Development Manager to spearhead the delivery of the project.
Born in Stirling, Elaine now lives in Edinburgh and has more than 25 years’ experience in the telecoms industry, playing a role in delivering some of Scotland’s first internet services for businesses.
Throughout her career, she has held senior leadership roles at Motorola Global Handsets, Logica and most recently served as director of marketing, sales and IT for Rabbie’s Trail Burners, a major Scottish travel operator.
Charged with leading Edinburgh and Stirling’s transformation into two of Europe’s best connected cities, Elaine will be a local point of contact for all city stakeholders as well as being a key advocate for the project and the benefits it will bring to businesses and the wider community.
Elaine Doherty said: “Digital infrastructure is going to play a crucial role in growing Scotland’s economy so I am delighted to be joining an organisation that is doing everything it can to transform cities up and down the country.
“The benefits of full fibre connectivity are massive, not only to businesses but also residents. I look forward to working closely with the key stakeholders in Edinburgh and Stirling to ensure these cities can really maximise the opportunities offered by full fibre. At the same time, I’m determined to ensure that the local communities are with us every step of the way and understand the difference ultrafast broadband can have – now, and in the future.”
With the full support of The City of Edinburgh Council and Stirling Council, work on dramatically extending the ‘gold standard’ full fibre infrastructure in each city will begin this year. CityFibre will use modern build techniques to deploy the network quickly, while minimising disruption to residents. Once completed, nearly every home and business in the cities will have full fibre access.
Rob Hamlin, Commercial Director, CityFibre, said: “Elaine ticked all the boxes of what we were looking for in terms of a City Development Manager. Not only does she have first-hand experience of both Edinburgh and Stirling, she also has a wealth of knowledge of the telecoms industry and how it is continuing to evolve.
“Our ‘fibre to the premises’ programme is going to be a game changer in both cities and nobody is better placed than Elaine to drive home that message and help people to discover more about the impact this investment will have on the city’s digital future.”
As part of the ongoing expansion, CityFibre is also in the process of recruiting various operations staff to support the roll out in Edinburgh and Stirling. For information on CityFibre, visit:
To find out more about CityFibre’s Gigabit City vision for Edinburgh, visit https://www.cityfibre.com/edinburgh/. And to learn more about their plans for Stirling, visit https://www.cityfibre.com/stirling.