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Sky to Launch Full Fibre Packages Via Openreach

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Sky will shortly launch its first broadband packages making using of Openreach’s Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) infrastructure.

In October the ISP began offering ultrafast packages using using Openreach’s 330Mbps capable G.fast network. These connections, with average download speeds of 145Mbps and 285mbps, are available to the 2.72 million households connected to the hybrid fibre and copper network. 

However, Openreach has been slowing down its rollout of new G.fast connections in order to focus on installing full fibre. New G.fast connections are expected to stop next month. 

Sky’s packages taking advantage of Openreach’s faster FTTP network were initially delayed but now appear to be imminent. Vaguely scheduled for the first quarter of 2020, they’re expected in February or March.

Sky’s full-fibre broadband will initially offer the same speed as its superfast (FTTC) and ultrafast packages (G.fast)—80Mbps, 150Mbps and 285Mbps—for the same or similar prices. 

Openreach will be releasing new wholesale 550Mbps and 1Gbps-capable products on 23 March 2020 and Sky will likely eventually resell connections with those speeds as well.

These broadband packages are available to the 2.17 million premises connected to Openreach’s full fibre network. Connected households can already take advantage of the networks by signing up for a full fibre package from BT or TalkTalk.

If you’re not yet connected to full fibre, your wait might not be very long. Openreach is currently connecting 26,000 new premises to the network each week, a figure expected to rise to 30,000 by the end of the 2019/20 financial year in March. The infrastructure provider aims to connect four million premises to FTTP by March 2021 and 15 million by 2025.

And rural areas won’t be left behind. In January Openreach unveiled plans to connected 250,000 premises in 227 “hard to reach” locations, including villages, market towns and rural areas. 

Lauren Smith
Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith has worked as a journalist and copywriter for most of the last decade, covering technology, energy, and consumer rights, in the US and UK.

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