Vodafone and CityFibre have confirmed they are to invest at least £30 million in full-fibre broadband in Peterborough.
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.]https://www.uswitch.com/broadband/news/2017/11/vodafoneandcityfibretobringultrafastspeedsto5mpremisesby_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.
Peterborough is the third location to be selected for the deployment, following Aberdeen and Milton Keynes.
Greg Mesch, Chief Executive of CityFibre, believes this rollout will clearly demonstrate the benefits that a third competitive digital infrastructure can bring the UK market.
"Our network has delivered superior services, at a lower cost than BT Openreach," he commented. "It has fuelled economic growth, innovation and inward investment and paved the way for us to bring full-fibre to the entire city."
Mr Mesch also stated that reducing the dependence on BT Openreach and Virgin Media is not only good for households and businesses in Peterborough, but "critical for the UK as a whole".
Vodafone UK Chief Executive Nick Jeffery added that this rollout will "revolutionise" the way in which people in the area live and work.
For instance, he said gigabit-capable broadband will improve their home entertainment experience, boost student access to core educational services and allow people to take advantage of remote healthcare monitoring.
"I am delighted that Peterborough is poised to become a UK digital leader," he commented.
Mr Jeffery went on to state that Vodafone wants to "reinvent the home broadband experience", as demonstrated by its abolition of line rental fees and the introduction of speed guarantees.