GTC and Sky Bring 300Mbps FTTH Broadband and TV to New Reading Homes - ISPreview UK
Sky (Sky Broadband) has today extended their existing relationship with utility infrastructure provider GTC by announcing a joint plan to make a new 300Mbps Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network and TV services available to homes at a popular Bellway Homes development (Kings Mead) in the large town of Reading (Berkshire, England).

Readers might recall that Sky and GTC first hooked up last year (here and here) as part of a deal that would see GTC build the pure fibre optic FTTH network, with Sky supplying the related TV services via a Fibre Integrated Reception System (FIRS) setup (this comprises a central Satellite receiver and aerial array, which is integral to providing the TV service).

As such it’s little surprise to find that GTC’s new contract to deliver utility services for the Bellway Homes development in Reading will also include both FTTH (broadband + phone) and a specialist selection of TV services from Sky (Sky Broadband). The products will be available to residents from the day they move into the property.

Apparently the new Kings Mead development at Kenavon Drive, on the outskirts of Reading town centre, includes the construction of 192 properties, ranging from 1-bedroom flats to 4-bedroom detached family houses, all with various amenities and leisure facilities nearby. The new homes currently go from £254,950 to £284,950.

Claire McGoldrick, Area Sales Manager for BH, told ISPreview.co.uk:

Kings Mead has been carefully planned to ensure residents enjoy all the benefits of living within a stone’s throw of the vibrant town centre. The location offers great shopping, dining and transport links, as well as proximity to a number of good schools.

However, it’s clear that the provision of utilities such as gas and electricity, along with premium broadband and TV services, plays an essential role in creating a high standard of modern living
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Tom Brough, GTC Sales & Marketing Director, added:

By providing the site with a superior fibre-to-the-home infrastructure, we are ensuring that homeowners can enjoy the very best in broadband, for both now and in the future. Unlike other providers who install what is referred to as a superfast connection, our network is fibre all the way into the home, without using any outdated copper.”
Separately Sky simply said that they were “delighted to be involved in the Kings Mead development“. Meanwhile GTC will also be providing gas and electricity infrastructure to the development.

It’s worth pointing out that GTC’s FTTH network is actually capable of delivering speeds up to 1000Mbps (Megabits per second), although at present the domestic product is limited to 300Mbps.