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Vodafone has confirmed it is planning to launch its own 1Gbps fibre-to-the-home service later this year.

The provider recently announced a long-term strategic partnership agreement with CityFibre, which will lead to up to five million premises having access to gigabit-capable broadband by 2025.

The rollout is due to begin in early 2018, with the first phase seeing the technology 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.

This prompted questions about whether or not Vodafone would be launching ultrafast broadband products based on Openreach's 330Mbps-capable G.fast technology, similar to what BT and TalkTalk are currently planning.

However, Vodafone has stated that while it is evaluating this option, it has "no firm plans" to launch.

Speaking to ISPreview.co.uk, a spokesperson said: "Our main focus is on offering great value fibre broadband today, as well as working on the launch of fibre-to-the-home later this year, which promises to provide a superior broadband experience for customers."

Vodafone Chief Executive Vittorio Colao recently described his company as a "cheaper alternative to Openreach" and urged the wider broadband sector to respond to growing demand for gigabit speeds nationwide.

"The UK is waking up to a gigabit society," he commented.

"Openreach will now have to decide whether they want to become more competitive."

 

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