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    This is a discussion on Sky rule out own FTTP network within the Sky Ultra Fibre Optic Broadband forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Looks like the end of the line for Sky's own FTTP network. Link . Jeremy Darroch, chief executive, ruled out ...

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      Sky rule out own FTTP network

      Looks like the end of the line for Sky's own FTTP network.
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      Jeremy Darroch, chief executive, ruled out plans to build its own national fibre network in Britain despite Ofcom’s attempts to tempt other broadband companies to invest in infrastructure to compete with BT’s Openreach unit. Sky told Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, as part of a submission this year that it had been “exploring in detail the possibility of investing in last mile fibre networks” to compete with Openreach but Mr Darroch said that the company was more comfortable as a wholesaler of Openreach’s fibre.
      The question now is whether Sky will start offering FTTP via Openreach like they do with FTTC.

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      Re: Sky rule out own FTTP network

      I suspect if and when BTOR roll out G.Fast then FTTP will not be that popular an option. As G.Fast may offer speeds of around 300Mbps that I think would be sufficient for all but the most extreme users.

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      Re: Sky rule out own FTTP network

      I wonder how this leaves the work in Basingstoke then?

      We've heard very little from Sky after the initial leak caused by someone spotting Sky's name on the planning applications for the telegraph poles.

      In the mean time Sky has launched the UFO trials in York and the work there with both CityFibre and TalkTalk continues to expand.

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      Re: Sky rule out own FTTP network

      My understanding was that Basingstoke & Swadlincote were experimental projects. What happens next to those is anybody's guess. Probably end of experiment and eventually a sale of whatever infrastructure & customer base to another provider.

      As for York, I think they may just drop out and leave it to TalkTalk & Cityfibre to progress it further. Apparently it's behind schedule and take up by Sky customers seems very low to date.

      In summary, I expect Sky to cut their losses and drop the whole subject of building & providing their own FTTP networks, last mile networks etc. Capital cost would be too high, return on investment would be too low. I think they will stick to their knitting and spend their money on more film & sports rights for the TV service.
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      Re: Sky rule out own FTTP network

      Looks like the UK is doomed to be stuck with depressingly unambitious telecoms for the next decade or so. Sky are all mouth and no trousers as usual.
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      Re: Sky rule out own FTTP network

      This is a massive missed opportunity and I'm a bit sad they have decided to not challenge BT. This country is screaming out for an alternative and there really isn't one. I can't count VM because whilst they are probably the biggest competitor - they do not offer broadband everywhere.

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      Re: Sky rule out own FTTP network

      VM have just confirmed that they are going to start work to increase their network coverage, which is good news for many. For many years they have neglected to honour the commitments of all those cable companies from the 90s that bought the rights across the country to install cable TV & Broadband around the UK.

      There are various other providers, such as B4RN, CityFibre, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic & KCOM. Of course each is limited to a specific geographical area and whilst most are actively rolling out their networks to new areas, it is slow work.

      I suspect that Sky were just too afraid of spending years on the project with little immediate reward.

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      Re: Sky rule out own FTTP network

      Quote Originally Posted by buddbuttocks View Post
      Looks like the UK is doomed to be stuck with depressingly unambitious telecoms for the next decade or so. Sky are all mouth and no trousers as usual.
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      VM have just confirmed that they are going to start work to increase their network coverage, which is good news for many. For many years they have neglected to honour the commitments of all those cable companies from the 90s that bought the rights across the country to install cable TV & Broadband around the UK.

      There are various other providers, such as B4RN, CityFibre, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic & KCOM. Of course each is limited to a specific geographical area and whilst most are actively rolling out their networks to new areas, it is slow work.

      I suspect that Sky were just too afraid of spending years on the project with little immediate reward.

      I was hoping by then Sky would push ahead and by then we'd have crazy fast internet we would be watching every form of Sky via internet. A few days ago it made me think of this when it was snowing heavily. Lost signal to everything and had to keep dusting the dish every hour as it would build up.

      Imagine Sky today not relying on satellite.

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      Re: Sky rule out own FTTP network

      If VM rolled out to my area I'd be getting their top package installed alongside my FTTC.

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      Re: Sky rule out own FTTP network

      BT have the infrastructure in place and I presume Sky are relying on this network for their own systems, its cheaper for them in the long run.

      But BT are so poor in catching up with other countries setups and they are way behind and should of invested for the future years ago, now its catch up and by god its slowwwwww.
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