Two months after re-entering the UK’s fixed broadband market, mobile network operator Vodafone has announced the extension of its fibre and xDSL internet packages to all customers nationwide, utilising a ‘business grade’ fibre-optic network passing approximately 22 million premises across the country, providing top-end downlink speeds of 76Mbps.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in June 2015 Vodafone returned to the fixed broadband sector under the ‘Connect’ branding, initially restricting its fibre/DSL internet packages to existing customers in Manchester and selected parts of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, ahead of expansion to Essex, Hertfordshire and Yorkshire. The operator is partially utilising BT’s Openreach infrastructure for its fixed broadband offerings, while also leveraging the 20,500km fibre network it inherited through its acquisition of Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW) in 2012.
To incentivise uptake, Vodafone is offering existing mobile subscribers a GBP5 (USD7.80) monthly discount for a year on all its fixed broadband packages, with charges starting at GBP10 (or GBP5 for its mobile users) per month for a 17Mbps ADSL-based connection, rising to GBP25 for a fibre-based plan offering downlink rates of up to 76Mbps. Vodafone UK had more than 18.4 million mobile customers at the end of March 2015.