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Vodafone and CityFibre digging for gigabit broadband in Aberdeen

Vodafone has named Aberdeen as the next place where it’ll be installing gigabit broadband. Work with infrastructure provider and network partner CityFibre will begin on the project this July and the first customers are expected to be able to order Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) services by early 2019. Building on CityFibre’s existing fibre optic infrastructure, which has been in place since 2015, Vodafone will be able to pass a currently unnamed number of homes and businesses across the city with ‘minimal disruption’ promised.

Once finished, customers will be able to experience download and upload speeds of 1Gbps (1,000Mbps), significantly faster than the speeds currently offered by BT and Virgin Media’s G.fast[1] and HFC-based services[2]. CityFibre chief executive Greg Mesch said: “Our commitment to Aberdeen is further evidence of the action CityFibre is taking to deliver Britain’s full fibre future. Our existing network in Aberdeen provides us with an eighteen-month head-start on a full fibre roll-out to nearly every home and business in the city.

“With similar FTTP backbone networks already built in over 40 UK towns and cities, our contribution to national full fibre coverage is well underway. We are getting on with the job of building Gigabit Britain – at full speed.” Vodafone and CityFibre named Milton Keynes as the first place where it would begin work on rolling out new FTTP connections[3].

While BT is planning on passing 3 million homes with FTTP by 2020[4], Vodafone, using CityFibre’s existing networks, plans to pass 5 million by 2025, but in the shorter term, the companies expect to have passed one million homes across the UK with gigabit fibre broadband by 2021. Vodafone UK’s chief executive Nick Jeffery said: “Our Gigabit broadband services, delivered over CityFibre’s new full fibre networks, will help Aberdeen build on its credentials in innovation and as one of the best places to start a business. It will also transform consumers’ daily lives through superior Internet access.”

While CityFibre has a presence in over 40 UK towns and cities, the partnership with Vodafone will see homes and businesses in at least 10 more locations earmarked for new FTTP connections.

Customers in Aberdeen and Milton Keynes can pre-register at this Vodafone landing page here[5].

References

  1. ^ G.fast (uk.pcmag.com)
  2. ^ HFC-based services (uk.pcmag.com)
  3. ^ the first place where it would begin work on rolling out new FTTP connections (uk.pcmag.com)
  4. ^ planning on passing 3 million homes with FTTP by 2020 (uk.pcmag.com)
  5. ^ can pre-register at this Vodafone landing page here (www.vodafone.co.uk)

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References

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