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Can I get Sky fibre broadband?

Luke Thompson
Wednesday, November 4th 2015

Sky is one of the leading suppliers of fibre broadband in the UK, and reaches over 22 million homes. Its fibre service is carried on the BT Openreach network and can reach speeds of up to 76Mbps, so let’s see if you can get it where you live.

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Sky fibre is not yet available everywhere

Sky uses the BT Openreach network for its fibre optic broadband service, which is the most widespread in the country, although that doesn’t mean it is available everywhere. By early 2014 the network reached around two-thirds of the UK population, and the rollout is slowly spreading. However, there are still many people out of reach.

Alternatives to Sky fibre

You have several options if you want fibre optic broadband and are unable to receive Sky broadband. Here are just a few.

Other providers

Sky does not have access to the entire BT Openreach network, so it’s worth checking to see if you can receive BT Infinity, which is BT’s own fibre optic service. BT offers speeds of up to 76Mbps, which is more than enough for a shared household. With 76Mbps you can also connect several devices to the home network.

There is also a number of other providers that offer fibre, including EE, Plusnet, TalkTalk, SSE and Direct Save Telecom.

Virgin Media operates on a separate network

The only widespread fibre optic provider in the UK that does not use the BT Openreach network is Virgin Media, which is busy laying out its own network. It reaches some parts of the country as yet untouched by BT. It also offers speeds of up to 200Mbps – the fastest widely available broadband in the UK.

You can purchase Virgin broadband on its own or bundle up with TV or phone, so if you are looking for a good TV provider as well as a fibre internet service, Virgin is your best alternative to Sky.

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