Vodafone to enter broadband market


Vodafone to enter broadband market
Mobile operator Vodafone has announced it is to launch its new broadband service to contract customers on January 8th 2007.

Announcing details of its plans to become the latest company to enter Britain's competitive high-speed internet market, the firm said that its Vodafone at Home package would be available for £25 a month.

The deal, which includes line rental, means that consumers will be able to receive unlimited broadband at download speeds of up to eight megabits.

Vodafone said that under the package, consumers would also be able to take advantage of inclusive landline calls to other UK landlines at anytime of day and a 25 per cent discount on calls to mobiles.

In a statement, the telecoms group said that the Vodafone at Home package was designed to meet the "growing communications needs" of consumers by providing both mobile and fixed communications services under one billing plan.

Those who sign up to the package, which comes with a free connection, will also be able to opt to purchase a mobile connect USB modem from Vodafone at half-price in order to access the company's 3G broadband network from their laptop whatever their location.

Vodafone said that its new broadband service would be supported by 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, technical advice over the telephone and online.

The company added that Vodafone at Home would be available to 97 per cent of UK households from its launch, under an agreement it has made with BT Wholesale to use its broadband network to provide the service.

Commenting ahead of the launch of the new service, Tim Yates, director of Vodafone UK's consumer business unit, said: "With our managed roll-out and commitment to customer service we are confident that we will be able to manage demand.

"By working with BT we will be providing a market-leading mix of quality, value and service," he added.

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