Sky and TalkTalk today announce that they have joined forces with CityFibre to create a new company that will deliver ultra-fast broadband services in the City of York. The new joint venture company plans to build a state of the art, city-wide, pure fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) network to deliver broadband speeds of 1 Gigabit (1000 Mbps) direct to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in York, offering customers better quality and value.
While the UK has pockets of fibre to premises – in areas such as Yorkshire and Hull, for example – this will be the first engineering project to install ultra-fast on a city-wide basis. The first phase will connect 20,000 premises – around 10% of York’s population. Source
Capable of delivering speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (1Gbps), the infrastructure project is the biggest challenge yet to BT’s dominance of the UK’s fixed-line telecoms infrastructure.
James Alexander, Leader of City of York Council, commented: “Gaining ultrafast broadband across the city is a huge boost for our economy, providing significant new opportunities for businesses based here and better quality and value to our residents.” Source
“Strategically, this is very important for us as our first step into building infrastructure. TalkTalk has a long history and proven record of disrupting new markets,” said Dido Harding, chief executive of TalkTalk.
Sky’s Stephen van Rooyen, added: “Sky has led the growth of the sector since the launch of Sky Broadband, becoming the UK’s favourite provider of TV, broadband and home phone, and we see plenty of opportunity to continue to develop our offering. This trial will help us understand the potential for cutting-edge technology to help us give customers an even better quality of service and we’re looking forward to working in partnership with TalkTalk and CityFibre.”