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Vodafone Commits to Gigabit in Europe

Ray Le Maistre

In another move that helps to secure its reputation as more than just a mobile service provider, Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has announced an expansion of its gigabit fiber broadband activities in Europe.

In Ireland, its €450 million (US$477 million) Siro FTTH joint venture with utility firm ESB has launched a gigabit broadband service in the town of Carrigaline and plans to launch in 50 more. It faces FTTH competition from incumbent eir (the new brand name of eir ) and competitive fiber operator enet .

In Portugal, Vodafone is investing €125 million ($132 million) to expand the reach of its FTTH network to 2.75 million homes and businesses.

The operator is also teaming up with Orange (NYSE: FTE) to build a gigabit FTTH network in Spain that will reach more than 2 million homes and businesses, and so challenge Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), and is in talks with electricity company Enel SpA about a new FTTH network in Italy.

Vodafone takes the view that, to ensure future success, it needs to build not just high-speed next-generation mobile broadband infrastructure, but FTTH and next-generation cable broadband access networks too, all supported by high-capacity transport networks. To that end it has been investing heavily under its multi-billion-dollar Project Spring investment strategy.

The importance of gigabit broadband in Europe is growing: check out the coverage from Light Reading's Gigabit Europe 2015 event in Munich for more.

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12/3/2015 | 2:07:37 PM
More Vodafone Gig activity
It's also intersting to note that Vodafone is gong Gigabit in New Zealand as well, where it just started rolling out DOCSIS 3.1 service to cable subs. That makes it the first SP in the world to do so. Chedck out our recent Webinar about that. 
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12/2/2015 | 5:18:02 PM
Sells slower tiers
One of the biggest benefits to gigabit marketing is the fact it gets users to call in (many of which aren't even sure what speed they have) and order slower, cheaper tiers. I've now heard at least three different ISPs suggest this. So while gigabit speeds may be too pricey and fast for many, they do still seem to pique the consumers' interest. 
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12/2/2015 | 7:49:56 AM
Gigabit is the headline but....
Gigabit is the 'marketing' term in all this but the hard and fast reality is that mobile operators that do not have their own fiber access broadband, which can reach to buildings, homes, 'street furniture' such as lamp-posts, street cabinets and small cell. macro cell sites are going to struggle come 2020.... This is Vodafone preparing for a 5g world essentially.

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