Vodafone has extended its Gigafast Broadband rollout to Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool. This brings availability of the company’s Gigabit speed broadband to a total of 15 towns and cities. Vodafone now looks to reach a total of 3 million homes and businesses across the UK over the next year.
The new cities follow a commercial deal signed with Openreach in November last year. 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.
Unlike traditional home broadband services that are based on old telephone lines, Vodafone’s full-fibre broadband uses all optical-fibre cables at every stage of the connection. This gives users download speeds on average of 900Mbps.
Nick Jeffery, CEO, Vodafone UK said, “Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool now have some of the fastest mobile and broadband speeds in the UK. Gigafast cities are the cities that will proudly play their part in shaping the future of the UK.”
The arrival of Gigafast broadband in the three cities comes just over a year after Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool became some of the first cities in the world to go live with 5G when Vodafone switched on the service in July 2019.