Sky Ireland has contracted BT Ireland to support its rollout of ultrafast broadband across the country, according to Business World. With BT having won a ‘highly competitive tender’, it has signed a multi-year contract under which it will provide Sky Ireland with a comprehensive managed service, including backhaul network, to help expand the latter’s ultrafast broadband offering across the country, including in areas to be covered by the National Broadband Plan. As part of the deal, BT will also supply VoIP services ‘to alleviate reliance on phone lines for voice calls’. Meanwhile, it is understood that BT has also retained an existing agreement with Sky Ireland for a further four years, covering managed services, broadband and fixed line offerings.
Commenting on the matter, BT Ireland’s managing director Shay Walsh said: ‘We are delighted that Sky Ireland chose BT to support the next phase of its rollout of next generation broadband technology. It’s great news for the market in general, because competition brings choice and now consumers and businesses will have more providers to choose from for phone and broadband services.’ JD Buckley, managing director at Sky Ireland, added: ‘This deal with BT reflects our continued commitment to investment in infrastructure in Ireland and will mean our customers can avail of the highest fibre speeds in the country across the widest possible footprint. It will also allow us to bring fibre to currently underserved rural customers as part of the government’s National Broadband Plan.’