In other Vodafone news, the operator's previously announced near-gigabit broadband service in the UK city of Milton Keynes is being made available as from Friday. Initially, the "Gigafast" service, which rides on the network built by altnet CityFibre , will be able to serve more than 3,700 homes in the city, offering download speeds ranging from 100 Mbit/s to 900 Mbit/s. Prices will be slightly cheaper for Vodafone's existing mobile customers -- they will be able to get the top tier for £43 (US$56) a month, as opposed to £48 ($62) for everyone else. (See Vodafone Gets Set for Gigafast Assault on BT.)
On a less positive note, Vodafone has had its latest range of TV and radio broadband ads banned by the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK. As the BBC reports, the standards body considered the ads made false promises regarding the service in terms of download speeds and compensation if the quality of service fell below expectations. A spokeswoman from Vodafone said that the ASA had "misunderstood" the ads.
ó Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading