Vodafone takes on BT with United Kingdom fibre network launch
Vodafone takes on BT with United Kingdom fibre network launch
Move over BT gigabit society is coming
11 November, 2017, 03:58
Download speeds on the Gigabit Fibre network can reach as high as 1000Mbps.
Vodafone said the partnership with CityFibre represented "one of the most significant developments in United Kingdom telecommunications since the launch of ADSL broadband around 17 years ago".
Vodafone has mounted an attack on the United Kingdom broadband market by backing plans to connect up to five million homes with new ultrafast fibre-optic lines, increasing pressure on BT to invest in upgrades and putting itself in more direct competition with Virgin Media.
Construction on the first phase of the rollout, which will see one million users connected, is due to start in the first half of 2018, and is expected to be complete by 2021.
The initial 12 towns selected for the new network will be drawn from these locations, and will be announced gradually over the coming year.
CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch said the new network would offer "proper competitive choice that industry has been screaming for for over two decades", and that partnering with Vodafone was "the ideal formula" for upgrading Britain's infrastructure. United Kingdom boss Nick Jeffrey has previously said fibre is an area Vodafone would like to invest in but believes the attempts to open up BT's network "haven't done enough".
Vodafone UK chief executive Nick Jeffery said Britain's broadband had "fallen far behind the rest of the world, trapped by the limited choice available on legacy networks".
Broadband speeds are a huge source of frustration for United Kingdom consumers, with BT and telecoms regulator Ofcom at loggerheads over the speed that the traditional copper network is being upgraded.
CityFibre chief executive Greg Mesch said the move is a major step to unlocking Britain's internet potential. That's in return for a commitment by Vodafone to serve up to one million homes and businesses over the first 10 years, a deal said to be worth over £500 million.
He added: "We look forward to working with CityFibre to build the Gigabit fibre network that the United Kingdom needs and deserves".
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