TalkTalk and Sky Partner with CityFibre to Launch Ultra-Fast Broadband

  • CityFibre
  • Fujitsu
  • Sky
  • TalkTalk
LONDON - Sky, a UK ISP, and TalkTalk Group, which offers voice and data services to consumers and small to mid-sized enterprises in the UK, announced that they have joined forces with CityFibre, which builds and operates ultra-fast pure fiber networks in the UK, to create a new company that will deliver ultra-fast broadband services in the city of York. The new joint venture company plans to build a state of the art, city-wide, pure fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network to deliver broadband speeds of 1 Gbps direct to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in York, offering customers better quality and value.

The new network will leverage CityFibre’s existing metro fiber infrastructure in the city. Once the ultra-fast network is in place, Sky and TalkTalk will retail competing broadband services over the new infrastructure, with the first York customers expected to be connected in 2015.

The joint venture plans to work with global technology provider Fujitsu to deploy the pure fiber FTTP network. It will enable Sky and TalkTalk to offer customers better value for higher speeds than is currently available, increasing both choice and innovation in broadband for consumers.

The roll out will give Sky, TalkTalk and CityFibre the opportunity to fully test a new cost effective approach to building a viable pure fiber network, independent from BT Openreach’s infrastructure. The parties also intend to bring ultra-fast broadband to two further cities across the UK and will announce further details about the selection of the cities in due course.

Ultra-Fast Speeds Available Citywide

This will be the first time ever that a UK city has been connected with such high speeds on a city-wide basis. The parties will work in partnership with the local community to help ensure the network delivers the numerous benefits better broadband can provide, including helping to grow the local economy and supporting York businesses to better compete in the UK and abroad.

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