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Press Release | 01 Jun 2021

Vodafone and CityFibre extend partnership to include Ethernet Services, offering businesses more choice, lower cost and a faster private data network

Vodafone and CityFibre extend partnership to include Ethernet Services, offering businesses more choice, lower cost and a faster private data network

Businesses in 12 towns and cities across the UK will be able to receive fast Vodafone Ethernet Services through new agreement with CityFibre.

  • Businesses in 12 towns and cities across the UK will be able to receive fast Vodafone Ethernet Services through new agreement with CityFibre.
  • Vodafone 1Gbps and 100Mbps Ethernet Services available on CityFibre’s fast optical infrastructure in Cambridge, Coventry and Peterborough, with Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Portsmouth and Southend-on-Sea to follow.
  • New service offers businesses more choice on a tailored private data network over single or multiple premises.
  • Agreement builds on existing partnership which supplies Vodafone full-fibre broadband.

Vodafone and CityFibre have expanded their partnership to include Vodafone Ethernet Services for business customers.

Vodafone UK currently uses CityFibre FTTP (fibre-to-the-premises) infrastructure to help deliver its Vodafone full-fibre broadband service. This new partnership will see Vodafone using CityFibre’s Ethernet infrastructure to offer more local access options than ever before. This will mean businesses have more choice and an alternative and cost-effective High Bandwidth Ethernet service in 12 UK towns and cities.

Vodafone’s Ethernet Services offer businesses of all sizes their own secure, private data network connection, enabling multiple sites to be linked together. The agreement offers customers a low-cost service with faster data speeds in a choice of bandwidth packages, including 1Gbps and 100Mbps options. Vodafone’s Ethernet Services are now available over CityFibre’s infrastructure in Cambridge, Coventry and Peterborough with Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Portsmouth and Southend-on-Sea to follow over the next few months.

Vishal Dixit, Strategy and Wholesale Director, Vodafone UK said: “We already have an extremely successful partnership with CityFibre, so we’re delighted to be able to extend this to include Ethernet Services. It’s never been more important to ensure our business customers have as much choice as possible, as well as the high-speed and high-quality data service they need to run their business successfully.”

Rob Hamlin, Chief Commercial Officer at CityFibre, said: “We’re delighted to be widening our strategic partnership with Vodafone, enabling them to offer innovative and market-leading Ethernet Services over our full-fibre networks. With business’ need for reliable, gigabit speed connectivity only set to increase, our world-class networks will reach 30% of the market in the coming years. This fast-growing platform offers partners like Vodafone products and economics designed to win market share and will help them remain at the forefront of innovation in full-fibre services.”

Separate to this agreement, CityFibre is in partnership with Vodafone to supply FTTP (fibre-to-the-premises) infrastructure for Vodafone’s full-fibre broadband service, including Vodafone Pro Broadband, which offers consumers unbreakable broadband at unbeatable prices. Pro Broadband packages include fully-integrated features such as hybrid routers that automatically switch to Vodafone’s 4G mobile network if the fixed-line connection goes down, WiFi boosters that guarantee you connection in every room of your house, and access to ‘WiFi Xperts’ – highly-trained broadband engineers. For more information on where Vodafone full-fibre broadband is currently available and further benefits of Pro Broadband, visit the Vodafone website.

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About CityFibre

CityFibre is the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform. With existing networks in more than 60 towns and cities, CityFibre provides wholesale connectivity to multiple business and consumer service providers, local authorities and mobile operators.

CityFibre has network rollouts underway with plans to pass up to 8 million homes and businesses with open-access full fibre infrastructure. A growing number of Gigabit City projects have been announced for full-city rollouts and CityFibre continues to prime its existing network assets for expansion.

CityFibre is based in London and is jointly controlled by Antin Infrastructure Partners and West Street Infrastructure Partners.

For more information about CityFibre, please visit: www.cityfibre.com

About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed-line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were also the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. As of June 2021, we have 5G in 364 locations across Europe – 124 in the UK and 240 across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population.

Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 15 UK towns and cities through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach.

Sustainability is also at the heart of what we do: as of 1 July 2021, 100% of the grid electricity we use in the UK is certified to be from renewable sources.

For more information about Vodafone UK please visit: www.vodafone.co.uk.

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