The fibre–optic FTTP (fibre-to-the- premises) network will be capable of carrying one gigabit (I,000 mbps) of data to the door of the user.
Moving towards 'full fibre'
In the initial phase, costing £500mln, one million homes in twelve cities currently supplied by CityFibre will be upgraded. The agreement has an option to expand this to five million homes by 2025.
Broadband speeds are a huge source of frustration for UK consumers, with BT and telecoms regulator Ofcom at loggerheads over the speed that the traditional copper network is being upgraded.
The new network would deliver 50% of the UK government's target of 'full fibre' to 10mln homes and businesses as well as providing high-capacity backhaul connections required for the next generation of 5G mobile services.
In a dig at BT, Vodafone added the new network would provide a superior product at a lower cost and better service than the legacy copper telephone line broadband network.
Greg Mesch, CityFibre’s chief executive, said the partnership would unlock the UK's full fibre future and establish an unassailable wholesale infrastructure position across 20% of the UK broadband market.
Nick Jeffery, Vodafone UK chief executive added: “The UK has fallen far behind the rest of the world, trapped by the limited choice available on legacy networks. “