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Vodafone Signs Deal to Access Cityfibre’s UK Fibre Optic Network

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 (10:29 am) - Score 1,190
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Fibre optic developer Cityfibre has today signed the first deal under a new Master Services Agreement (MSA) with Vodafone, which will give the mobile giant access to their various networks across the United Kingdom.

The MSA sets out standard contractual terms under which CityFibre may supply fibre optic connectivity to parts of Vodafone UK’s national estate of mobile cell site locations, selected corporate customer locations, as well as “additional interexchange connectivity to support the enhancement of its national network“.

Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre, said:

This contract from Vodafone marks yet another important milestone for CityFibre, following two years of engagement and negotiations with this important new partner. As an approved supplier to Vodafone, CityFibre now has the opportunity to bring enhanced pure fibre connectivity to Vodafone’s customers.

Furthermore, the addition of Vodafone to our partner ecosystem means that CityFibre has now secured trading relationships with the majority of Tier 1 service providers in the business and mobile connectivity markets.”

The new agreement already includes a contract that gives Vodafone access to Cityfibre’s 120km network in the city of York, which is where Sky Broadband and TalkTalk are similarly working to deploy a new 940Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network using the same core infrastructure. However the deal can also be expanded to other networks run by Cityfibre.

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2 Responses
  1. Avatar Matt

    Makes sense that they would want access to the Hull Core to get the backhaul there for there masts. Will be interesting to see if this expands across UK or not. Vodafone certainly are in a position which much be making them ill at ease.

  2. Avatar AndrewH

    It kind of all went wrong for them when they got the most 3G Spectrum (out of the 4 established networks at the time) and then completely failed to roll it out.
    STILL now, nearly 16 years later down here, all rural areas are GPRS or EDGE that doesn’t actually work for data. Not acceptable!
    We can see now that this is completely hobbling their 4G rollout as they clamber to install 3G900 ahead of the 4G for voice fallback.
    In turn this means the 4G800 is on low power and will be for the foreseeable future.
    If they had only rolled out 3G2100 the same as EE/Three things would be completely different for them.
    What a mess.

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