Vodafone strikes UK fibre broadband deal with BT's Openreach
Vodafone is expanding its Gigafast Broadband roll-out after striking a new commercial deal with network infrastructure provider Openreach.
Vodafone uses the term Gigafast Broadband o promote a range of packages it offers using Cityfibres new FTTH network which is being rolled to cover 5 million premises across 37 UK cities and towns by the end of 2024.
Earlier this year, Virgin Media successfully lobbied the UK Advertising Standards Authority to stop Vodafone using 'Gigafast' to describe slower offers with data rates of 100Mbps to 900Mbps (that is, sub-1Gbps).
The service will grow as Openreach expands its footprint and will be available to 500,000 premises in these locations by mid-2021 under phase one of this strategic agreement with Openreach. The agreement includes the option for further phases that could extend coverage to other places.
With the addition of Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool, Vodafone Gigafast Broadband is currently live or planned in 15 cities or towns. Vodafone has previously announced 12 other fibre roll-outs under its agreement with alternative wholesale fibre network infrastructure provider CityFibre. So far, Vodafone Gigafast Broadband has already gone live in Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Coventry, Huddersfield, Milton Keynes, Peterborough and Stirling.