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Partnership brings fibre broadband and Sky TV to new-build homes in Reading

Wednesday, June 10th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

A new partnership will bring Sky TV and superfast fibre broadband to residents on a new-build housing estate in Reading.

Sky has teamed up with GTC, which is providing gas, electricity and fibre to the home (FTTH) infrastructure at the new Kings Mead development at Kenavon Drive.

GTC’s fibre optic network will be used to offer a home phone service and broadband speeds of up to 300Mbps.

The fibre cables will also be used to deliver Sky’s premium TV service to the development’s 192 homes via a central satellite receiver.

Both services will be available to residents from the day they move into their property.

Tom Brough, sales and marketing director at GTC, said: “By providing the site with a superior FTTH infrastructure, we are ensuring that homeowners can enjoy the very best in broadband, for both now and in the future.

“Unlike other providers who install what is referred to as a superfast connection, our network is fibre all the way into the home, without using any outdated copper.”

Sky's Paul Dickinson said: “We are delighted to be involved in the Kings Mead development, helping to provide this new community with first-class TV services.”

'High standard'

Claire McGoldrick, area sales manager at Bellway Homes, said: “The provision of utilities such as gas and electricity, along with premium broadband and TV services, plays an essential role in creating a high standard of modern living.”

Cable.co.uk has reported extensively on the need for broadband provision on new-build housing estates.

Last week, we told how residents at an upmarket development in Woolwich, south-east London, were struggling with “useless” internet speeds.

Geraint Lloyd-Taylor, who lives at the Royal Arsenal Riverside development, said speeds had gradually slowed down as more people moved in.

“At the weekend we have got 3-4Mbps, which means you can’t download shows, you can’t really browse the internet sometimes,” he told Cable.co.uk.

“It’s got to the point where the internet is pretty much useless at times.”

The issue of new-build properties not having access to superfast broadband has been looked at by politicians at both a local and national level.

Cheltenham Borough and Chester East are among the councils putting policies in place to ensure high-speed broadband provision is enshrined in planning law.

And earlier this year, government ministers Ed Vaizey and Brandon Lewis urged councils to consider whether new-builds have access to superfast broadband when considering planning applications.

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