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Vodafone expands near-gigabit broadband to three major UK cities

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Near-gigabit broadband has been launched in an additional 360,000 homes across Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool, Vodafone has announced.

The internet provider - which is calling its new 900Mbps service 'Gigafast' - says around three million people should gain access to the new service within the next year.

The UK Government has pledged to roll out full-fibre broadband to every home and business by 2025. 

A number of measures towards this goal have been introduced since the Tories won the general election in December 2019, including forcing housing developers to ensure new homes come with ultrafast connections and granting Ofcom new powers to share data about operators’ infrastructure plans with the Government.

Vodafone said it was able to expand its Gigafast network after signing a deal with Openreach in November 2019.

The service will initially be available to 360,000 premises across the three cities, expanding to over 500,000 premises by mid-2021 as Openreach extends its infrastructure. 

Meanwhile, the previous 12 towns and cities are part of an ongoing agreement with CityFibre, the UK’s largest alternative provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure.

Vodafone said it uses all optical-fibre cables at every stage of the connection, giving users a roughly fourteen-fold increase on the UK’s average broadband speeds.

Nick Jeffery, CEO, Vodafone UK said, “Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool now have some of the fastest mobile and broadband speeds in the UK. 

“Great news for consumers with the latest 5G devices, but also for each city’s future, Vodafone Gigafast Broadband and Vodafone 5G will form crucial foundations for the cities’ continued economic growth. Gigafast cities are the cities that will proudly play their part in shaping the future of the UK.”

In July, Vodafone said that its European network will be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity by July 2021.

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