Vodafone plans UK fibre broadband roll-out

From BBC - November 9, 2017

Vodafone has announced plans to provide up to five million UK properties with "full fibre" internet connections.

The telecoms firm company is partnering with broadband network specialist CityFibre to achieve the goal by 2025.

Vodafone said the initiative would deliver a "superior product at a lower cost" than relying on Openreach's infrastructure, as it does at present.

Openreach, which currently supplies broadband across the UK, said it welcomed the move.

However, one expert said the BT division would be concerned.

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"Full fibre" broadband refers to the fact that fibre-optic cables run directly to properties, rather than relying on copper cables to connect the buildings to roadside cabinets.

This provides a more robust and faster connection, but is more expensive to deploy.

Vodafone says customers can expect to receive gigabit speeds - 1,000 megabits per second or higher - when it begins to roll out the service next year.

Under the deal, CityFibre will own and operate the new network and Vodafone will get exclusive rights to it for an unspecified period of time.

Construction of the first phase of the project is due to begin before July, and will initially aim to connect one million properties,

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