CityFibre, Vodafone, trial residential 2Gbps

Created January 6, 2023
Technologies and Products

The UK full fibre infrastructure operator CityFibre, has successfully completed a trial of 2Gbps residential services in the northern England city of York in partnership with fixed-mobile operator Vodafone. The trial was conducted on CityFibre’s recently upgraded York network to XGS-PON access technology, which CityFibre says will be rolled out as standard across its network from April 2023. The 2Gbps service paves the way for the introduction of residential and business services at symmetrical speeds of up to 10Gbps across its entire footprint in the future.



The trial provided selected end-customers with symmetrical speeds of up to 2Gbps, twice the speed of the fastest services widely available on CityFibre’s network. The new services were delivered using the Vodafone Pro II Broadband service and the new Vodafone Ultra Hub and Super WiFi6E Booster bundle.

Earlier this summer, CityFibre upgraded its first city network from G-PON to XGS-PON technology. The XGS-PON upgrade improved CityFibre’s network performance and service offering, enabling almost ten times the capability of its original G-PON-based architecture.

Michael Greening, product director at CityFibre, said, “After a successful trial, we’re a major step closer to bringing multi-gig full fibre services to millions of homes and business across the country. But at 2Gbps, we’re barely scratching the surface of our network’s capabilities. Thanks to our XGS-PON upgrade programme, we’ll be able to offer symmetrical speeds of up to 10Gbps in the future, further evidence that not all full fibre networks are created equal.”

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.