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Press Release | 21 Jan 2020

Vodafone drives forward full-fibre broadband roll-out in the UK

Vodafone drives forward full-fibre broadband roll-out in the UK
  • Vodafone facilitates acceleration of full-fibre with new CityFibre deal.
  • Vodafone joins Openreach trial in Salisbury to replace copper lines with fibre.

Vodafone today announced plans to accelerate the roll out of full-fibre broadband in the UK by restructuring its existing deal with CityFibre to encourage it to build its fibre infrastructure more quickly and to more places.

With full-fibre broadband still only available to around 11% of UK premises, Vodafone is working with infrastructure companies such as CityFibre and Openreach to speed up its delivery. Vodafone is doing this by offering customers broadband download and upload speeds of up to 900Mbps through its Vodafone Gigafast Broadband service.

Under the new agreement with CityFibre, Vodafone will offer Vodafone Gigafast Broadband on a rolling, 12-month exclusive basis as homes become available for service in each of the 12 towns and cities covered in phase one of the deployment. Previously, the period of exclusivity was dependent on the total time taken to roll out the network in each city.

The amended commercial terms agreed with CityFibre, for both the initial 12 towns and cities and additional locations, will enable Vodafone to make the Vodafone Gigafast Broadband service available in new locations and to many more customers.

In addition, Vodafone is backing a new trial in Salisbury in which Openreach will replace every copper-based telephone line within the catchment area with superior and more reliable optical fibre cables. Starting in the spring, Vodafone will migrate its customers in the area to Vodafone Gigafast Broadband without charging an upfront connection fee.

This project builds on Vodafone’s agreement with Openreach last month to bring fibre to 0.5 million households in Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool, in addition to the 12 towns and cities already under construction with CityFibre. These full-fibre programmes, together with Vodafone’s expanding 5G network, support its strategy to offer customers the best converged fixed and mobile services.

Vodafone UK Chief Executive Officer Nick Jeffery said: “Vodafone is in a unique position to drive forward full-fibre deployment in the UK. By offering our partners a ready market in the form of Vodafone Gigafast Broadband, we played an instrumental role in encouraging Openreach’s new wholesale service to build in additional places, and now we are enabling CityFibre to expand. The only way the UK will achieve its digital ambition is through strong partnerships, and Vodafone is leading the way.”

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Note to Editors

Vodafone Gigafast Broadband is already available in Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Coventry, Huddersfield, Milton Keynes, Leeds, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea and Stirling. Aside from Salisbury, Vodafone will also bring its full-fibre service to small businesses and households in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, and Northampton during 2020.

Summary of revised terms:

  • Vodafone retains exclusivity on a rolling 12-month basis for the first phase of CityFibre’s Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) roll out covering one million homes.
  • The addition of other anchor tenants for CityFibre strengthens its ability to provide wholesale competition to Openreach and encourages faster deployment of FTTP networks.
  • Overall, these agreements with CityFibre and Openreach will help to accelerate FTTP roll out in the UK, increase wholesale infrastructure competition and strengthen Vodafone’s ability to compete in the retail market with improved commercial terms.

For more information, please contact:

Vodafone UK Media Relations Team

Tel: 01635 693693

Email: ukmediarelations@vodafone.com

Website: https://newscentre.vodafone.co.uk

Twitter:https://twitter.com/vodafoneuknews

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.

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

 

Vodafone UK Media Relations

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