Vodafone UK has begun offering fixed broadband at speeds of up to 1Gbps to 50 customer premises in Milton Keynes as part of a trial rollout of gigabit services. In a press release regarding the development, the operator said the homes will be the first to test its full-fibre ‘Gigafast Broadband’ service before it is made widely available across the city. Vodafone’s new service is supported by the company’s partnership with CityFibre, the communications infrastructure company that is building the full fibre network in Milton Keynes and other UK cities. With Vodafone noting that construction work is now ‘picking up pace’, it said work on rolling out fibre in Peterborough was already underway, while construction is due to start soon in Aberdeen, Coventry, Edinburgh, Huddersfield and Stirling.
Commenting on the matter, Nick Jeffery, Vodafone UK’s CEO, said: ‘Full fibre is vital to our digital economy and to the UK’s future as a digital leader, yet just 3% of UK premises currently have access to it. That’s why we are offering Vodafone Gigafast Broadband and making it available on a mass scale, reaching a million UK homes by 2021.’