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MNO Vodafone is launching a fixed-line broadband service in the UK. Initially the service will be offered in Manchester, Berkshire and parts of Hampshire and Surrey. Over the next few weeks, Essex, Hertfordshire and Yorkshire will be added to the network, with the national rollout due later in the summer.
The service will offer speeds of up to 76Mbps (megabits per second), with prices ranging from £5 (€6.8) a month to £25.
Vodafone acquired the assets of Cable and Wireless in 2012 and that will form the backbone of its home broadband network. The nationwide fibre-optic network already reaches telephone exchanges that pass nearly 20 million premises across the UK.
Existing Vodafone customers can get broadband at a discount rate for the first year – a 17Mbps contract would initially cost £2.50 per month, rising to £5 after 12 months. Customers wanting the super-fast 76Mps service would pay £10 for the first 12 months.
For non-Vodafone customers, the Vodafone Connect service will be offered in various packages starting at £10.