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Press Release | 22 Mar 2018

Peterborough set to unlock gigabit broadband potential with full fibre roll-out

Peterborough set to unlock gigabit broadband potential with full fibre roll-out

Vodafone UK and CityFibre are bringing gigabit speed broadband to Peterborough’s 200,000 residents and businesses in the latest phase of their full fibre plan.

Vodafone Gigafast Broadband is coming to Peterborough

L-R: Guilhem Poussot (Vodafone); Andy Starnes (CityFibre); Cllr John Holdich (Leader of Peterborough Council); James Palmer (Mayor of Cambridge and Peterborough); and Rob Hamlin (CityFibre)
L-R: Guilhem Poussot (Vodafone); Andy Starnes (CityFibre); Cllr John Holdich (Leader of Peterborough Council); James Palmer (Mayor of Cambridge and Peterborough); and Rob Hamlin (CityFibre)

Vodafone UK and CityFibre are bringing gigabit speed broadband to Peterborough’s 200,000 residents in the latest phase of their full fibre plan.

Vodafone Gigafast Broadband will offer customers ultrafast and reliable full fibre broadband at every stage of the connection from their home or workplace to the Internet. Unlike 97 per cent of today’s broadband services in the UK, Vodafone Gigafast Broadband doesn’t rely on old fashioned copper telephone lines. It is based solely on fibre-optic cables to give users a vastly superior online experience capable of Gigabit speeds (1,000 Mbps).

At these speeds, gamers will be able to download a 5 gigabyte virtual reality game in 1.7 minutes, not 34 minutes, and film fans will be able to download the latest 60 gigabyte Ultra-HD blockbuster in 8.5 minutes, instead of 6 hours. It will put an end to annoying buffering when accessing the Internet or downloading videos. Businesses that rely on a fast internet connection will also benefit from these vastly improved speeds.

CityFibre will invest at least £30 million to extend its existing core fibre network throughout Peterborough to nearly every home and business in the city, with work starting from May this year. Vodafone will use this to bring Vodafone Gigafast Broadband to customers by early 2019. Residents and businesses in Peterborough can pre-register for the service today at www.vodafone.co.uk/broadband/ultrafast.

Vodafone UK Chief Executive Nick Jeffery said: “We want to reinvent the home broadband experience. We were the first broadband provider to abolish line rental, we now guarantee line speeds, and from next year, we will offer customers in Peterborough Vodafone Gigafast Broadband. It will revolutionise the way people live and work, from better home entertainment, to remote healthcare monitoring and improved student access to core educational services. I am delighted that Peterborough is poised to become a UK digital leader.”

According to figures from industry body Fibre to the Home Council, this major private sector investment will unlock huge economic growth in the city that could exceed £700 million* in Gross Value Added (GVA) over the next 15 years. Peterborough is already making full use of the fibre network built by CityFibre for the City Council in 2013. Most schools, council offices and the main hospital currently benefit from full fibre access, and most recently, high-definition CCTV and traffic management cameras were added to the network. This partnership between Vodafone and CityFibre will now bring the benefits of full fibre to nearly every home and business in Peterborough too.

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About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK 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).

Having made the UK’s first mobile phone call and sent the first text message, Vodafone has a history as a tech pioneer. In 2018 we made the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G, and were first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. We now have 5G in more places than anyone else, with multiple locations now live across the UK and the rest of Europe.

Today we serve more than 18 million mobile and fixed line customers in the UK, with 4G network coverage at 99%.  Our customers voted us the UK’s Best Mobile Network at the 2018 Trusted Reviews Awards – for the second year in a row. 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.

Connectivity is at the heart of what we do as it gives us a huge opportunity for good. We are using our network, products, talents and technology to help society prosper and respond to significant social and environmental issues.  Our free Digital Parenting magazine is helping families and schools across the UK to navigate the online world safely. Meanwhile, the Vodafone Foundation’s work with researchers at Imperial College is developing personalised cancer treatment using the processing power of smartphones.

We are part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest technology communications companies, with mobile operations in 26 countries, partnerships with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 19 markets.  As of 30 September 2019, Vodafone Group had approximately 625 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed broadband customers, and 22 million TV customers – including all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates.

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