Alternative provider of fibre network infrastructure, Cityfibre, has launched a strategic partnership with Vodafone to deliver Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) infrastructure to up to 5 million homes and businesses by 2025.
Under the wholesale agreement, Vodafone will have a period of exclusive rights (predominantly during the build phase of each city network) to market ultrafast consumer broadband services on the FTTP network to be built, operated and owned by CityFibre.
Construction of the first phase of deployment to one million premises is due to start in early 2018 and will be largely complete in 2021. Both parties have the right to extend the commercial terms of this agreement to expand coverage to a further four million homes and businesses by 2025.
FTTP networks use fibre-optic cables for every stage of the connection from the customer’s home or workplace to the Internet, providing faster and more reliable broadband services capable of Gigabit speeds. This can enhance business productivity and transform consumers’ daily lives.
The Vodafone and CityFibre partnership will help to bridge Britain’s fibre gap, bringing Gigabit-capable FTTP connections to households, businesses and public-sector sites such as schools, hospitals and GP surgeries, and delivering 50% of the UK Government’s target of ‘full fibre’ to 10 million homes and businesses.
Chief executive of CityFibre Greg Mesch said: “This agreement will unlock the UK’s full fibre future and is a major step forward in delivering our vision for a Gigabit Britain. With this commitment from Vodafone, we have a partner with whom we can transform the digital capabilities of millions of homes and businesses and establish an unassailable wholesale infrastructure position across 20% of the UK broadband market.”
Vodafone UK chief executive Nick Jeffery said: “Vodafone is already playing the leading role in building the Gigabit Society across Europe by providing customers with high-speed, high-quality broadband. The UK has fallen far behind the rest of the world, trapped by the limited choice available on legacy networks. We look forward to working with CityFibre to build the Gigabit fibre network that the UK needs and deserves.”