Over in the UK, CityFibre and Vodafone say they are deepening their relationship as they roll out fiber to an ever larger swath of the country. The two companies unveiled an expansion of their strategic partnership making Vodafone an anchor customer nationwide.
CityFibre is in the process of rolling out its ‘Full Fibre’ infrastructure in 285 markets around the UK over the next 4 years. Their target is 8M homes by 2025, and they’ve passed 1M homes already. Vodafone is making long term commitments across the full spectrum of that buildout, whereas previously they had only been looking at 12 of the markets. With Vodafone’s increased backing, CityFibre says it is investing in a new ‘National Access’ network, connecting up its markets and thus making it easier for partners to reach out to their broader footprint rather than go market by market.
Vodafone also works with OpenReach of course, which has targeted 25M homes by the end of 2026 with 5.5M already passed. The combined potential footprint puts Vodafone in a strong position to increase its share of the UK’s FTTH market as the overall pie grows over the next few years.
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