Sky and TalkTalk launch UFO website to promote fibre broadband in York
Sky and TalkTalk have launched a new website to promote their new fibre broadband network in York.
The site says ‘UltraFibreOptic’ – or UFO – has landed and allows users to register their interest in ultrafast broadband.
Sky and TalkTalk are working with infrastructure provider CityFibre to build a broadband network in York capable of speeds up to 1,000Mbps.
The UltraFibreOptic website describes the project as the start of a mission and suggests the aim is to eventually rollout ultrafast services across the UK.
The site claims that UFO will be more than 100 times faster than the UK’s average standard broadband and will allow customers to download a 3GB HD movie in less than 30 seconds.
It says UFO will offer greater stability and reliability than other networks because fibre optic cables run all the way to each property – a technology known as fibre to the premises.
BT Openreach’s superfast network – used by a number of internet service providers – uses fibre cables to connect the exchange to each street cabinet and traditional copper wires to connect each property.
Last week, TalkTalk announced it was “on track” to connect customers in York to ultrafast broadband by the autumn.
“We have made good progress on the groundworks for our York fibre to the premise trial,” it said.
“With 1,200 homes passed in the first dig area, [we] are on track to launch our proposition soon and begin connecting customers in the autumn.
“Early indications of build costs are proving to be in line with our target of under £500 per home passed.”
TalkTalk also 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 rollout in York is one of a number of ‘gigabit city’ projects undertaken by CityFibre but the first time it has entered a joint venture with Sky and TalkTalk.
Cable.co.uk reported in March that CityFibre’s fibre infrastructure in Hull was being used by wireless internet company Purebroadband to power its masts.
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