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    Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

    This is a discussion on Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband within the Sky news and announcements forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; yea i agree red fibre is simply pricey at the moment people arnt in a hurry for it. i think ...

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      yea i agree red fibre is simply pricey at the moment people arnt in a hurry for it. i think people will wait till the price drops.


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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      Quote Originally Posted by Kona Owner View Post
      They cant, all fibre packages are bought from BT Wholesale and the price per month is way above the 7.50 Sky charge.

      Presumably you are talking about Origin at 22.50, if so by the time you have added a call package with someone you are are looking at the the same price as Infinity anyway and you wont have 75 installation to pay.
      Yeah I was probably thinking about way into the future (if/when FTTC has taken over from ADSL services as the default).

      It is Origin broadband. Still currently with BT for landline, and I have nothing to do with paying for that anyway, so for me it would be a straight 10 extra a month over the 12.50 I currently pay Sky. With my current speeds, I would be gaining around 3x the download and 10x the upload.

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      Apparently "BT Retail has some 300,000 people on its fibre products, which makes it the largest fibre based provider after Virgin Media" (source: thinkbroadband :: Fastest Broadband from BT Retail launched).

      Talk Talk "has some 3000 customers" subscribing to the Fibre Boost product and "demand seems to be increasing with new connections running at 300 per week" (source: thinkbroadband :: TalkTalk Group results for six months to 30th September 2011).

      The customer demand is out there. The products may seem relatively expensive but, if you are a long time internet user who "early adopted" ADSL broadband, think back to how much you were paying for a 512Mbps connection with a fairly low usage cap back in the day and relate that to the cost of a super fast connection today ;-)

      Personally, I think Sky should launch a product soon to get into the market and avoid losing customers who want it now and are willing to pay and can afford to pay. The product can be tweaked later as demand picks up. Just like ADSL products did in times gone by...
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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      Not sure I agree with what Sky are implying about the demand coming from customers that download a lot.

      I'm sure just as many people would want fibre because their copper line is just not up to the job of providing an acceptably fast/reliable connection - like mine. But I guess Sky wouldn't want to draw particular attention to any such shortcomings.

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      The webpage looks very unprofessional. The FAQs at the bottom of the page look irrelevant and vague.

      I won't be getting my hopes up this time.

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      The FAQs at the bottom of the page look irrelevant and vague.
      I must admit I did not look at them before, but now that I have, I must agree. They don't have any relevance to Fibre at all.
      ...and as for this statement -
      We understand that there may be a small number of Sky Broadband customers who use the internet to regularly download lots of big files and who may be happy to pay extra for this.
      What a load of rubbish. Are they so incompetent that they don't know that having FTTC can increase speeds from sub 1Mb to over 20 Mb?

      If they are still talking about 'trials' while others ISPs are offering the service, they are going to loose out on customers. Although I must say their security is better than the Pentagon, maybe they will announce the service next week

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      I had heard that Sky were working with BT re fibre etc - Knowing Sky I bet they own part of it rather than paying to rent the fibre backbone. It wouldn't surprise me if Sky offered some kind of wholesale service in the future.

      That's possibly why Sky are taking so long, they are preparing their own fibre, their own kit etc

      Don't forget that's why Sky bought Easynet, as they had the biggest backbone for transit of data etc

      iirc Easynet also had the best links between Sky in Osterley and Sky in Childwall, (where Sky beam up to the satellites) hence if an issue with one site the other site could kick in with the same programming etc at very short notice.

      I don't think any other ISP (apart from BT) have as much infilstructure or hardware as Sky have now got running. They don't do things by half, which is why they have so many customers. Sky are just not afraid to invest for the long term.


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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      Quote Originally Posted by NewsreadeR View Post
      ...Sky are just not afraid to invest for the long term.
      Even with the current financial climate, it would be silly not to make some form of investment in the equipment that you and your customers use.

      Sky has been investing in their systems since it started.

      Sure not every piece of kit has worked well, but at least they do continue to update the various firmwares in order to introduce new features where the equipment can support them.

      It is rather upsetting that Sky has taken a couple of years so far to get moving forward with a fibre based product. It is also silly that they have left the Connect package languishing in the cesspit it now finds itself.

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      well i supose all us sky customers can do is be patient and wait im sure sky is thinking of something. but you have to understand now that all skys subscribers are now skys not bts so there for sky can do what they want with em upgrade em if possible.

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      Re: Sky will be looking to run trials of fibre-optic broadband

      Quote Originally Posted by NewsreadeR View Post
      I had heard that Sky were working with BT re fibre etc - Knowing Sky I bet they own part of it rather than paying to rent the fibre backbone. It wouldn't surprise me if Sky offered some kind of wholesale service in the future.

      That's possibly why Sky are taking so long, they are preparing their own fibre, their own kit etc

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      Yes, you have to think there's got to be something in it for them to be getting into bed with BT for these duct-sharing trials.

      Who knows - perhaps we will see the kick-back with a big announcement before Christmas?

     

     

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