Vodafone UK advanced its strategy to offer fixed as well as mobile services to its customers with the launch of a new fixed voice and broadband service targeted at small business.
The service is called Vodafone Business Broadband and Phone and offers fibre broadband speeds of up to 76 Mbps in packages starting from £30.99 (€37.05/$40.78) a month.
Vodafone UK already offers home broadband and voice services to consumers under the Vodafone Broadband service, which was extended to the entire country in November after the original launch in June last year.
At the time, Vodafone confirmed that the fixed broadband service makes use of the former Cable & Wireless Worldwide network (now owned by Vodafone) for fibre to the cabinet and BT Openreach for last-mile access.
The operator said its nationwide, fibre optic network now reaches exchanges that pass around 24 million premises across the UK. Vodafone said it has invested £2 billion in network and services over the last two years and pledged to invest a further £2 billion over the next three years.
Vodafone also noted that it provides fixed and mobile services to critical organisations including central government departments, local councils, police forces, ambulance services and the NHS.
The service targeted at smaller businesses includes a broadband router that uses beam-forming technology to send stronger Wi-Fi signals to compatible desktop computers, mobile or tablet devices; a boost feature so business owners can prioritise signal to a chosen device; and an accompanying app to enable the router to be controlled from a mobile device and allow a business to manage who has access to its network through a guest Wi-Fi capability.
Phil Mottram, enterprise director at Vodafone UK said. "We've invested heavily in our own dedicated network of enterprise quality, fibre optic broadband and can now offer a broadband and landline phone package that's feature rich with the benefit of enhanced service levels."
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