Nov 11, 2019
Vodafone strikes deal with BT to expand broadband coverage
Vodafone has struck a deal with BT to use its network to offer broadband to up to half a million customers in three British cities. Openreach said last week it would offer steep discounts to its customers - the broadband service providers that also use its network - if they committed to heavy marketing campaigns at the local level and to connect large blocks of customers to faster fibre services. Vodafone has an agreement in place with smaller fibre builder CityFibre but has taken advantage of the Openreach discount to agree to expand its fledgling UK broadband service to Bristol, Birmingham and Liverpool. Only 8 per cent of the country can access such a connection and the race to speed up the country's telecoms networks has become a battleground for the industry, pitting BT against Virgin Media and several smaller companies building local fibre networks. The deal with Vodafone comes days after the mobile phone company revealed it had won a contract with Virgin Media to switch 3m customers from BT's EE network to its own.
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