For most of the UK, ultrafast internet is still but a pipe dream. Lots of areas aren't wired up for Virgin Media's highest speed broadband - currently 350Mb - and less than stellar standard broadband infrastructure means that even major cities can't reach anywhere near the average speed of 46.2Mb. My in-laws live in Sheffield and struggle to get even 3Mb through the phoneline. It's painful.
Vodafone hopes to change all that with its Gigafast broadband. Right now in Milton Keynes, a number of families have been the first to receive the network's new 1,000Mb service. It'll be initially rolled out to 50 households before becoming widely available across the city. Following Milton Keynes, it'll then roll out to Aberdeen, Peterborough, Coventry, Edinburgh, Huddersfield and Stirling.
Some areas of London have received gigabit-speed internet for a while, but outside of the capital it's basically unheard of. It's exciting to see Vodafone rolling out gigabit broadband in other cities, but it's going to be a long while until it's widely available. The company's chief executive, Nick Jeffery, says it'll be available to a million homes in the UK by 2021. So I'm probably going to have to cope with my in-laws' incredulously slow broadband for quite a few more years yet.
If you want to be kept up to date on Vodafone Gigafast and its availability, you can enter your contact details on the official website. [Techradar]