Cambridge gets major full-fibre broadband boost from Vodafone


Residents and businesses in Cambridge are now receiving some of the fastest internet speeds in the UK thanks to Vodafone.

Cambridge goes Gigafast

With speeds of up to 900Mbps, Vodafone Gigafast Full Fibre Broadband gives users download speeds 20 times faster than average. Upload speeds are said to be 150 times faster than average.

This will allow the whole family to stream their favourite films, play online games or upload videos and photos across multiple devices with almost no time lag or buffering – all at the same time.

The service is live in Chesterton and Kings Hedges, and will be available in more places in Cambridge as CityFibre, the UK’s largest alternative provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure, deploys the full fibre network over the next two years.

First customer

The first customer to benefit from Vodafone Gigafast Full Fibre Broadband service in Cambridge is Matthew Neave from Embassy Lettings & Management.

“I’m really excited to be one of the first Vodafone customers to connect to the Gigafast service” Neave said.

“I will principally be using the service for my residential lettings business based here in Cambridge.

“We’re 98% paperless and we rely heavily on a fast and reliable broadband service for uploading and downloading large documents.

“The service will allow me to do this quickly and safely which is imperative for the business.”

Max Taylor, Vodafone UK’s Consumer Director, added: “The introduction of full fibre broadband to Cambridge provides residents, students and the growing number of technology start-ups with ultra-fast and reliable digital connectivity.

4,500 home target

“We are working with our infrastructure partner, CityFibre, to connect up homes across the city. The aim is to offer more than 4,500 households access to the service within the first three months of 2020.”

Charles Kitchin, CityFibre’s City Manager for Cambridge, said: “Today’s announcement follows a £20m investment from CityFibre to bring a gigabit-capable full fibre network to Cambridge.

“We are making the city one of the best-connected places in the country.

“We’ve made huge progress so far. It’s tremendous to see the first homes and businesses reaping the benefits of full fibre. It’s great seeing the difference it can make to peoples’ lives.”

Residents in Cambridge can find out more about the Gigafast service, and pre-register, by visiting the Vodafone store located in the Grand Arcade, Cambridge or by going online.