VODAFONE UK SIGNS UP TO OFCOM’S HOME BROADBAND CODE TO DELIVER ON SPEED PROMISE
Customers joining Vodafone UK’s home broadband service or upgrading their package will be guaranteed accurate minimum and maximum download speeds after the Company signed up to Ofcom’s voluntary code of practice.
In addition, Vodafone UK is providing details of upload speeds, which falls outside the code, but are important to customers when using applications such as posting photo’s or images to social media sites.
Under the code, new and upgrading customers will be able to view online the actual speeds they can expect, not just theoretical ones. They will be free to leave if the minimum guaranteed download speed is not achieved after 28 days from notifying Vodafone.
Today’s announcement follows last month’s removal of line rental on Vodafone’s unlimited fibre broadband products in an industry first and is also in line with our unique network satisfaction guarantee, allowing new and upgrading mobile customers 30 days to try us, love us or leave us – with no strings attached.
Vodafone applied to sign up to the Code after completing a major investment programme to improve and extend its business-grade fixed fibre network to exchanges which now pass more than 24 million UK premises.
Vodafone UK’s Commercial Director Glafkos Persianis said: “Having allowed customers to break free from broadband line rentals and try out our mobile network, we are now giving them greater transparency on home broadband speeds.
“Since we entered the market just over a year ago, we have pledged to make a difference by scrapping the out dated and often misleading practices, which have plagued this market. The days of promising theoretical “up to” speeds are over – if a customer does not receive the speeds that they were promised, we will try to fix that, and if that does not work then they are free to leave, no questions asked.”
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Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 June 2016, Vodafone had 465 million mobile customers and 13.7 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com.
Vodafone UK partners with businesses of all sizes - from start-ups and small businesses to the largest corporates and the public sector. The company has worked with UK businesses for over 30 years, starting out as a mobile provider and becoming one of the UK’s leading total communications partners. It provides a range of voice and data services, secure communications infrastructure, fixed and call centre capability, unified communications and was the first mobile phone operator to offer a truly converged service for fixed and mobile.
Vodafone is currently spending around £1 billion on its network and services across the UK following a similar amount spent last year. This includes £200 million on its network in London, the introduction of its 4G service to more than 871 cities and towns, as well as thousands of smaller communities whilst also making network improvements across its UK 3G network. Meanwhile, The Vodafone Rural Open Sure Signal programme is also aiming to bring 3G coverage for the first time to 100 remote communities across the UK.
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