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Vodafone and CityFibre are to commence their plan to roll out gigabit-capable full fibre broadband in Milton Keynes.

In November last year, the two firms announced a long-term strategic partnership that will lead to up to five million premises having access to ultrafast broadband by 2025.

The first phase will see fibre-to-the-premises technology - which is currently only available to around three per cent of UK premises - being deployed to one million homes and businesses over three years.

Vodafone and CityFibre will then have the option of extending the commercial terms of their agreement to reach a further four million premises by 2025.

Milton Keynes has been chosen as the first location for the rollout as it was identified by the Centre for Cities as one of five Fast Growth Cities in the UK.

Vodafone and CityFibre also believes that its high levels of productivity, as well as population and employment growth, make it a good choice, as it has "significant potential for the future".

Work on the fibre-to-the-premises network will commence in March and go live before the end of the year. Local people can pre-register for the service straight away by filling in this form on the Vodafone website.

Nick Jeffery, Chief Executive of Vodafone UK, commented: "Milton Keynes is fast becoming a UK leader for productivity and growth.

"We believe that residents deserve a digital communications service to match their ambitions.

Greg Mesch, Chief Executive of CityFibre, added that its partnership with Vodafone "aims to tackle the huge problem the UK faces in terms of digital inadequacy".

"We are at the early stages of creating the Gigabit fibre network that the UK needs and deserves, and with the announcement of Milton Keynes as our first project we are well on our way to making this vision a reality," he said.

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