UK broadband provider Sky has announced the commercial launch of services offered over Openreach’s fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network. In a press release regarding the development the operator said that it is now able to deliver what it called its ‘fastest and most reliable broadband service yet’ to more than three million premises across the country. In terms of the services on offer, Sky’s ‘Superfast’ plan is said to provide an average download speed of 59Mbps, is being marketed for GBP27 (USD35) per month, while its ‘Ultrafast’ plan costs GBP35 and provides customers with an average download speed of 145Mbps. Both tariffs offer unlimited monthly data allowances.
In addition, Sky has noted that, in those areas where FTTP is not available, Single Order Generic Ethernet Access (SOGEA) and fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technologies will be used to achieve ‘Superfast’ speeds – with such connectivity available to around 28.9 million households – while G.Fast technology (available to around 2.8 million premises) is being used to achieve ‘Ultrafast’ speeds.
Commenting on the matter, Aman Bhatti, Director of Propositions at Sky Broadband, said: ‘Launching FTTP, the UK’s most advanced broadband technology, reflects Sky’s commitment to innovation and providing customers with the fastest and most reliable broadband possible … This means, with Sky Broadband Ultrafast, we can offer our customers average speeds that are [twelve times] faster than standard enabling customers to download, stream, browse, work from home and game freely.’