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More of the UK is set to be brought within reach of full fibre broadband after Vodafone and CityFibre confirmed that their partnership will bring the technology to three new towns and cities in England.

Cambridge, Leeds and Southend-on-Sea have been confirmed as the latest beneficiaries of the multi-million pound investment, which is aiming to bring full fibre to the premises (FTTP) broadband to one million homes and businesses by 2021.

It brings the total number of towns and cities confirmed to receive fll fibre deployments by Vodafone and CityFibre to ten. Construction is already underway in Milton Keynes, Peterborough and Aberdeen, while work is also set to begin in Edinburgh, Stirling, Coventry and Huddersfield before the end of the year.

Greg Mesch, Chief Executive of CityFibre, commented: "The full fibre age is taking hold across the UK and CityFibre is leading the charge, Britain should prepare for a copper to fibre switchover as this aging technology cannot keep up with the UK’s connectivity needs."

Unlike standard fibre technology, which only runs fibre-optic cables to the street-level cabinet, before relying on traditional copper cables for the last step to the user's home, FTTP brings the fibre connection all the way to people's homes, therefore providing much higher speeds.

Full fibre can deliver download speeds of up to 1Gbps, some 20 times the UK's average, while upload speeds can be as much as 150 times faster than average.

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