CityFibre and Vodafone team up for broadband scheme

The plan is to provide a million UK homes with fibre-optic broadband by 2021.

CityFibre and Vodafone are set to embark on a joint project which will see them bring ultrafast broadband to a million UK homes by 2021.

The London based ISP already owns a number of fibre-optic infrastructures in 12 different cities across the UK and will borrow up to £700 million from the telecommunications firm in order to connect the chosen homes up to it.

These new ultrafast lines will be incredibly reliable and offer very impressive speeds of up to 1Gbps, which is more than ten times quicker than the current maximum broadband speed of 76Mbps offered by Vodafone.

At first, Vodafone will possess the exclusive rights to sell broadband on this new network but will later open it up to competitors like Sky and TalkTalk in order to comply with Ofcom’s regulations.

If this portion of the project is deemed to be a success, CityFibre will proceed into the next phase and appeal for more funding in order to connect up a further 4 million UK homes.

Its success will also act to position Vodafone as a major player within the UK broadband market alongside companies like BT and Virgin Media who also own their own fibre-optic networks.

“We welcome this news and the competition,” said an Openreach spokesperson. “As we’ve said consistently - investing in more fibre-to-the-premises technology across the UK will need commitment from the whole industry.”

Source: The Telegraph

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