Nov 9, 2017

Vodafone plans UK fibre broadband roll-out

Vodafone has announced plans to provide up to five million UK properties with "Full fibre" internet connections. Vodafone will use the network to support radio base stations it intends to deploy ahead of the launch of a 5G mobile data service. "Vodafone has made investment in fibre build-out a massive priority in the last two to three years - particularly in Spain and Italy," commented Mark Newman, chief analyst at the ConnectivityX research firm. "The amount of data the mobile networks are carrying is going up by 50% a year - and as you build more and more mobile sites to cope with the demand in traffic... you need more fibre to carry that signal back from the base stations into the network." Openreach is already pursuing a plan to connect fibre to 10 million UK homes and businesses by the mid-2020s.

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