Vodafone and CityFibre plan Gigabit broadband for 5 million UK premises

Friday, November 10th 2017

Vodafone and CityFibre are into deal that will roll-out Gigabit capable broadband to up to 5 million premises in the UK, by 2025. The long term a strategic partnership will see the roll-out of ultrafast full-fibre broadband in the first phase to one million homes and businesses, over the next 3 years. After which the tow companies have the option of extending their partnership deal to cover a further 4 million premises by 2025.

The two companies believe that their strategic collaboration will bridge the fibre gap in Britain. Both companies say the world-class Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) Gigabit capable connections, using fibre-optic cables for each stage of the connection will provide to household, businesses and public sector, an extremely fast and reliable broadband service.

Vodafone & CityFibre state that this technology is vastly superior to the outdated networks relying on copper based telephone lines and therefore can transform the lives of residents and the businesses with enhanced productivity. Vodafone UK's Chief executive, Nick Jeffery remarked that UK is trapped by limitation of choices on ageing legacy networks and has also fallen behind the rest of the world. Chief executive of CityFibre, Greg Mesch, commented that this is a major step forward to unlock the UK's full-fibre future. Commitment of partner Vodafone will help them transform the digital capabilities of millions of homes and businesses and establish an unassailable position for wholesale infrastructure across 20% of the broadband market in UK.

The announcement follows shortly after Matt Hancock, the digital Minister, said that in order to roll out full-fibre broadband in Britain, the government will “strain every sinew”. He stated this while addressing the Broadband Stakeholder Group 2017 Conference. He added that although existing copper network today is important, it is not for the future. The government has already announced a 100% business rates holiday for 5 years, for those providers who put investment into a full fibre network and also, to improve access to commercial finance, a £400 million worth Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund.

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