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TalkTalk will spend £20m expanding its Ultra Fibre Optic network in York

Tuesday, October 25th 2016 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Sky and TalkTalk’s ultrafast broadband service in York will be extended to cover the whole of the city.

Working with infrastructure provider CityFibre, the companies rolled out Ultra Fibre Optic, or UFO, to an initial 14,000 homes last year and have since signed up more than 2,400 customers to the service.

The gigabit network will now be extended to reach a further 40,000 homes over the next 18 months, with work set to start in the spring.

TalkTalk has today announced that it will be acquiring Sky’s equity in the project and funding the completion of the rollout to the tune of £20m.

Sky will continue to offer ultrafast services in York but as a “long-term wholesale customer” of TalkTalk. CityFibre will continue its involvement in the project as a shareholder.

Richard Sinclair, TalkTalk’s general manager for ultrafast, said: “We are very pleased with the success of UFO in York so far.

“Our customers are amazed at what they can do with their ultrafast connections – streaming HD TV without buffering, playing games in real time with people on the other side of the world, or simply enabling every member of the family to be online at the same time.

“We’re very excited to be extending our roll out – York is well on its way to achieving its ambition of becoming the digital capital of the north.”

Digital minister Matt Hancock said: “The future is fibre and TalkTalk’s extension of its rollout of full fibre gigabit speeds in York is exactly the kind of thing we want to see industry delivering across the UK.

'Removing barriers'

“We are working to support full fibre roll out by removing barriers and putting the right incentives in place to help cement our role as a digital leader and get the very best broadband to families and business.”

The network extension in York forms the start of a nationwide fibre to the premises rollout by the provider, which hopes to connect 10m UK homes to FTTP by 2025.

Chief executive Dido Harding (pictured) said: “I have long been convinced that we need to be more ambitious when it comes to the UK’s digital economy, and upgrade our broadband infrastructure once and for all.

“What we are doing here in York is a clear demonstration of our commitment to playing our part in securing connectivity for everyone.”

TalkTalk's announcement comes less than a week after Virgin said it was extending its fibre network to cover 20,000 homes and businesses in York.

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