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    Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York UK

    This is a discussion on Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York UK within the Sky Ultra Fibre Optic Broadband forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; ISPReview reports: " Sky Broadband appears to have quietly unveiled the pricing for their forthcoming “ Sky Ultra Fibre Optic ...

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      Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York UK

      ISPReview reports:

      "Sky Broadband appears to have quietly unveiled the pricing for their forthcoming “Sky Ultra Fibre Optic” service in the city of York (England), where they’re working alongside Cityfibre and TalkTalk to roll-out a new 940Mbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) network. Oddly, line rental still exists.

      The most recent coverage update suggested that around 5,000 of the planned 20,000 premises for Phase One of the deployment (note: this will still leave around 60,000 to be done), which is supported by an investment of 5m from each ISP, have already been completed (here); mostly in the Huntington, Groves, Clifton and Rawcliffe areas.


      The first customers are due to go live this Autumn 2015 and we already know that TalkTalk will charge customers a single price of just 21.70 per month to receive this service on an 18 month contract, which is incredibly cheap and includes both a free “Super Router” and installation.

      But until now Sky’s pricing has been unknown.


      Interestingly Sky have kept surprisingly quiet about the new service, perhaps not wishing to boast before it has some serious coverage, and pushed out very little PR concerning their own specific plans. This is in stark contrast to TalkTalk where everybody from the CEO down seems happy to talk about their grand aspirations to reach 10 million UK premises.


      In keeping with this theme it’s perhaps no surprise that ISPreview.co.uk first learn of Sky’s UFO pricing through whispers that pointed us towards and a quiet update on the operator’s official website. So what are customers going to be offered? Apparently three “ultrafast, ultra-reliable and totally unlimited” packages will be available at launch (the contract length is unknown).

      Sky Ultra Fibre Optic

      * 50Mbps “Guaranteed Speeds”
      * Totally unlimited usage
      * Included router (6.95 delivery charge)
      PRICE: 10 per month + 16.40 per month line rental

      Sky Ultra Fibre Optic Plus
      * As above, but with..
      * 100Mbps
      PRICE: 20 per month + 16.40 per month line rental

      Sky Ultra Fibre Optic Pro

      * As above, but with..
      * ‘up to’ 940Mbps
      PRICE: 30 per month + 16.40 per month line rental

      Broadly speaking the prices are comparable to Sky’s existing package line-up via standard ADSL2+ and FTTC broadband technologies, but other than a difference with the promoted speeds there are a few other things that stand out with these options.


      Firstly, the two initial packages are both promoted as simply 50Mbps or 100Mbps (suggesting symmetric performance), but the Pro option takes a different approach by promoting “download speeds of up to 940Mb” (are uploads going to be lower? Sky may have concerns about their capacity supply and costs).


      Secondly, the use of “Guaranteed Speeds” only appears on the first two packages. Sky thus appear to be taking a more cautious approach to the headline grabbing 940Mbps package, which is probably wise.


      Speaking of which that “Guaranteed speed is to the router“, which is Sky’s way of saying that you’re unlikely to get the full speed if the router’s WiFi or LAN ports can’t keep pace. We hope Sky plan to ship UFO with something better than the SkyHub SR102 as that router is clearly not up to the job of tackling 940Mbps and doesn’t even have 5GHz WiFi.

      But the most unusual move is Sky’s decision to continue charging a mandatory fee of 16.40 per month for Sky Line Rental, with no mention of whether this includes a phone (voice) service like the vanilla copper line product. FTTH connections have no need for a separate line rental charge, unless Sky are trying to maintain a common package structure or selling the service as a separate copper line alongside the fibre (the latter approach seems a bit odd).

      We are querying with Sky and will update later."


      Source: Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York UK - ISPreview UK


      Pricing confirmation here: https://interest.sky.com/ufo/


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      I'm hoping that this service will be well established in York by the time we move back up north!
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      Re: Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York UK

      At last Sky have posted their prices, but they just don't compare to TalkTalk's.

      I really do think that someone at Sky just doesn't understand broadband and what it can do.

      The article picks up on the SR102. I really do hope that Sky won't be shipping this router with the 50 & 100mbps products. Sure it can connect at those speeds, but the track record is that it just can't cope with performing over the Internet with them.
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      Re: Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York UK

      There's is also a little bit of info (including prices) on Sky's website as well here

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      Re: Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York UK

      Weird, in all the previous prices I've seen, there has been no line rental charge.
      If there is no BT involved, why would they be charging the standard line rental. Are sky forcing an old fashioned landline on you.
      What if you do not want the line rental, which would be the reason to get it for me!
      Do not see any point in going for the first two deals + line rental (seeming as we now get free broadband if we take sky tv package and only pay half line rental) and as for 30 + line rental that is just a daft price, despite the speed (which noone really needs today).

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      Re: Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York UK

      The only other prices published have been from TalkTalk. They seem to think that it is better not to separate the two, but in effect force you to sign up to both.

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      Re: Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York UK

      The thing is, you are still using a line, even if you don't have or want a phone. The broadband needs some way to get to you unless you use Wifi or satellite.

      I would think if you want a phone it would be extra to the rental, just as it is now. There is a case for a lower rental as the fibre lines should not need the upkeep and maintenance required by copper.

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      Re: Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York UK

      They need to do something without a landline alot of people have no use for a land line these days

      something like this would be a good compromise

      Sky Ultra Fibre Optic
      * 50Mbps “Guaranteed Speeds”
      * Totally unlimited usage
      * Included router (6.95 delivery charge)
      PRICE: 20 per month

      Sky Ultra Fibre Optic Plus
      * As above, but with..
      * 100Mbps
      PRICE: 30 per month

      Sky Ultra Fibre Optic Pro
      * As above, but with..
      * ‘up to’ 940Mbps
      PRICE: 40 per month

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      Re: Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York UK

      There is an update to the article now which many will find interesting...

      UPDATE Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York - ISPreview UK
      ...

      UPDATE 1:08pm
      Sky has kindly helped to clarify some of our earlier points. Firstly, customers will be provided with a completely new model of router that supports both Gigabit LAN ports and dual frequency WiFi (2.4GHz and 5GHz).

      Secondly, the 940Mbps package uses an up to speed because Sky correctly suggests that at 940Mbps it would be difficult to guarantee such performance, although the package itself will still be unconstrained (i.e. no Traffic Management). In addition, upload speeds for their services will be announced when the packages go on sale later this year.

      Finally, on the subject of line rental, Sky confirms that the packages will be accompanied by a great telephony service on our all fibre network with our broadband service. Sky added that their line rental charge does not relate to the technology, but rather the service offered. In our interpretation this probably reflects a phone service being delivered over the top (VoIP) of their fibre optic cable. But we should get more detail in the coming weeks or months.

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      Re: Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York UK

      Haha, so we now know an sr103 is on its way, sign me up for the trial
      Is that a slip up there!

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      Re: Price Details for Sky Broadband's 940Mbps FTTH Service in York UK

      An obvious question to ask, but when is all this sort of thing likely to be rolled out to other parts of the country. Jealous as hell when I first read about Talk Talk's deals for people in York, now irks even more when its with my own provider

     

     
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