Vodafone is expanding its UK fixed marketing FTTP services with the wholesale operator CityFibre. They plan to connect fibre services to one million homes by 2021 and up to 5 million by 2025, around 20 per cent of the UK broadband market.
Vodafone will have a period of exclusive rights to market 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 the first half of 2018 and will be largely complete in 2021. Both parties have the right to extend the commercial terms of the agreement to expand coverage to a further four million homes and businesses by 2025.
Vodafone UK previously sold broadband services over BT’s network, but failed to attract a significant customer base. The company said the agreement with CityFibre provides the company with access to “a superior product at a lower cost” and with better service conditions than the regulated wholesale terms offered by BT.