Sky Ultrafast Broadband Launches: Fibre to the Premises
Sky Broadband have now launched their Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) “Ultrafast” broadband package, which uses Openreach infrastructure. The first customer based test pilot occurred back in June of this year and the package is now finally available to buy online for those in FTTP live locations.
Sky Ultrafast FTTP on demand
Sky Ultrafast Fibre to the premises (FTTP) broadband boasts download speeds of up to 145Mbps and upload speeds of up to 28Mbps. These speeds are much faster than those of the second fastest Sky Broadband package, which features an average download speed of 11Mpbs versus Sky Ultrafast broadband’s average download speed of 59Mbps.
The fibre version of Sky Ultrafast broadband uses Openreach infrastructure. Openreach is responsible for the Fibre First programme, which involves building new infrastructure that brings FTTP on demand to businesses and homes across the United Kingdom.
Those seeking Sky Ultrafast broadband for their home or business in areas where FTTP infrastructure is not yet available can pre-register their interest on Sky's website. The provider will then get back to them when, or indeed if, FTTP on demand becomes available in their area.
How much does Sky Ultrafast broadband cost?
The cost of Sky Ultrafast broadband fibre deal is only marginally higher than that of their second fastest package, making it somewhat affordable for consumers. The two packages also have the same set up cost of £19.95.
|Sky Ultrafast Broadband (fibre)||Sky Essential Broadband (non fibre)|
|£27 a month for 18 months (prices may change during your contract) + £19.95 in set-up costs||£22 a month for 18 months (prices may change during your contract) + £19.95 in set-up costs|
It is worth noting here that Sky is not the only broadband provider in the UK offering FTTP on demand. There are currently over 16 different providers offering FTTP to eligible customers, some of which include:
Is fibre to the premises the norm in the UK?
FTTP is not yet available everywhere in the UK. The goal of Openreach’s Fibre First program is not to replace all current broadband infrastructure, but rather to install fibre when any new networks are built.
FTTP on demand: Timeline & benefits
So when exactly will FTTP on demand be more readily available for consumers and businesses? Openreach aims to build the new digital infrastructure that caters to four and a half million premises by the end of March 2021.
The main benefit of FTTP on demand is the increase in internet speeds and quality, however there are additional benefits to Fibre First project as well.
The most salient of these benefits is the huge number of additional jobs the project creates. Openreach plans to hire around 1,000 engineers throughout 2020 and will also help their pre-existing employees to upskill.
The gigabit voucher schemeThe Fibre First project is not the only FTTP on demand based initiative in the UK. Learn more about the Gigabit Voucher scheme in our dedicated guide to see if you could benefit from this government initiative.