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Sky connects first customer to Ultra Fibre Optic broadband in York

Monday, September 28th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Sky is today connecting the first customer to its new Ultra Fibre Optic broadband network in York.

The company is trialling the new network, which is a joint initiative involving Sky, TalkTalk and infrastructure provider CityFibre.

Ultra Fibre Optic (UFO) uses fibre to the premises broadband, bypassing the copper lines owned by BT Openreach and used by Sky to deliver its standard broadband services.

Sky said the new service would allow customers to access speeds up to 940Mbps – fast enough to download an HD movie in less than 30 seconds.

The new service will also provide greater stability and more reliability than standard fibre broadband.

Lyssa McGowan, director of Sky Broadband, said: “Sky is the first broadband service provider in the UK to offer guaranteed broadband speeds.

“We are proud that these products will be available to our customers in York on our ultrafast and ultra-reliable gigabit network.

“As Ofcom continues its review of the broadband market, we believe that trials like this are a valuable demonstration of the alternative technologies now available.

“With the right conditions for investment and innovation, consumers and businesses could benefit from more ultrafast connections across the UK.”

TalkTalk announced last week that the first person in York to receive its Ultra Fibre Optic broadband was retired teacher Derek Paterson, from Ings View in Rawcliffe.

He said he was “really excited” to be part of the programme.

'Blown away'

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

“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 network has now passed 1,800 homes in Huntington, Rawcliffe, Clifton and the Groves areas of the city.

A number of customers including Mr Paterson are putting the network through its paces before it becomes widely available in January.

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

Its 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.

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

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