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TalkTalk to offer ultrafast fibre in York for the same price as standard broadband

Wednesday, June 24th 2015 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

TalkTalk is to offer ultrafast fibre service to homes and businesses in York for the same price as its standard broadband.

The new service, called Ultra Fibre Optic, will come as standard with TalkTalk’s three consumer packages – SimplyBroadband, Essentials TV and Plus TV.

It will also be available to small and medium sized firms signing up to the Complete Business Broadband package.

TalkTalk claims it is the first internet service provider in the UK to offer gigabit fibre for the same price as standard broadband.

With speeds up to 1,000Mbps, households will be able to download a HD movie in less than 30 seconds, 100 photos in less than five seconds or an entire album in a second.

TalkTalk will use a new pricing model where customers will pay an all-in monthly price instead of splitting out a headline cost and line rental.

The new consumer packages start with Simply Broadband at £21.70 a month and Complete Business Broadband at £25 a month.

TalkTalk and its partners in York – Sky and infrastructure provider CityFibre – have also been testing innovative techniques to drive local engagement.

'Revolutionise the broadband experience'

Residents and businesses in the Huntington and Groves areas of York have been invited to vote to say they want the pure fibre network, which is completely separate to BT Openreach’s infrastructure, in their area.

If there are enough votes, the firms will also provide Ultra Fibre Optic to nominated good causes in the local community free of charge.

TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding said: “The UK has lived with broadband infrastructure that has suffered significant underinvestment for too long.

“We lag well behind the rest of Europe when it comes to rolling out pure, ultrafast, fibre networks.

“We have the potential to become the world’s leading digital economy, but we need this kind of investment in superior fibre infrastructure to make this a reality.

“Ultra Fibre Optic will revolutionise the broadband experience in York by giving consumers and businesses access to all the speed and bandwidth they could ever need, at an affordable price, future-proofing the city and making York better off.”

The first premises are expected to be connected this autumn with TalkTalk’s current consumer and business customers receiving priority upgrades.

Cllr Chris Steward, Leader of City of York Council said: “It is great to see this project is continuing to progress and we’re delighted York is the first city to benefit from Ultra Fibre Optic.

"Ultrafast broadband will help boost the local economy and provide a better quality service for residents and businesses across the city.”

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