BSkyB trialling own small fibre network in Basingstoke

24 Jun 2014

Alternative British broadband provider BSkyB has reportedly constructed its own fibre optic broadband network capable of delivering downlink speeds of up to 950Mbps to a small group of homes in Basingstoke. According to Cable.co.uk, a BSkyB spokesperson was cited as saying of the development: ‘This trial will help us to understand the potential for new technology to support us in giving customers an even better broadband service.’

It is understood that the trial involves use of overhead poles to bring fibre-optic cables directly to residents’ homes instead of to the local exchange, and is being carried out by Sky TV installers Love Digital over a twelve-month period. In terms of future developments, BSkyB declined to comment on whether it plans to extend the tests to other areas, with the company noting: ‘We await the results of the trial before confirming any further details.’

United Kingdom, Sky