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Retired York teacher first to try TalkTalk's new Ultrafast Fibre Optic broadband

Thursday, September 24th 2015 by

TalkTalk has announced the first person in York to receive its new Ultra Fibre Optic broadband.

Retired teacher Derek Paterson (pictured) from Ings View in Rawcliffe is among hundreds of residents and small businesses taking part in trials to test the new service, which offers speeds up to 1,000Mbps.

Ultra Fibre Optic is being offered by TalkTalk and Sky, who are working with infrastructure provider CityFibre to build a fibre network for the city.

1,800 homes in the four areas of Huntington, Rawcliffe, Clifton and the Groves, Clifton – previously announced as the first areas to benefit from the service – have now been passed by the new network.

Those taking part in the trials will be putting the service through its paces before it becomes widely available, TalkTalk said.

Once testing is complete, anyone who wants Ultra Fibre Optic broadband from TalkTalk can get it for the same price as standard broadband, from January.

Mr Paterson said: “I’m really excited to be part of this programme.

“Like most households, we’re doing more and more online.

“It’s not just the speed that’s appealing, knowing that we can all do as much as we want online at the same time is also a huge advantage.”

The Ultra Fibre Optic network, which will provide speeds up to 100 times faster than standard broadband, is hoped to futureproof York’s broadband network so it can keep up with future demand and growing data consumption.

TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding said: “Ultra Fibre Optic will truly transform the broadband experience in York and we’ve been blown away by the local support.

'Leap in performance'

“For such a leap in performance you’d expect to pay more, but we believe ultrafast broadband should be available to everyone.”

TalkTalk has already announced that it will offer Ultra Fibre Optic for the same price as its standard broadband.

It will also use a new pricing model that will see customers pay an all-in monthly price instead of separate service and line rental costs.

TalkTalk has previously said the UFO project underpins its “ambitions in fibre”.

In its financials, released in May, the company said the speed of take-up in the area would determine whether the time is right for a UK-wide rollout of the technology.

“Based on our experience to date, we remain confident about the potential to roll out FTTP in scale,” it said.

The company added that with predictions of an up to 40% take-up of its service, a 10m-strong UK household fibre network was a realistic possibility.

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