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UPDATE Sky Broadband Trial 950Mbps FTTH Service in Basingstoke UK

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 (5:19 pm) - Score 3,902

Sky Broadband (BSkyB) has quietly announced a new trial of a 950Mbps (Megabits per second) capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH/P) style Internet connectivity in the English town of Basingstoke (Hampshire), which will apparently drop down to speeds of ‘up to’ 150Mbps over a wifi wireless network.

The new Superfast Fibre Trial, which already has its own website, was spotted by a Thinkbroadband reader and appears to be based around running fibre optic cables over newly erected telegraph poles (possibly existing ones too but we can’t be sure). But this appears to be entirely separate from Sky’s similar Joint Venture with CityFibre and TalkTalk in York (here).

At this stage the details are very thin but the trial site curiously states that they’re, “excited” to be working with the Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme, and “we believe that the availability of superfast broadband contributes to an increase in the desirability of an area which will only increase with time“. However the contract for Hampshire’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) based scheme is currently with BT, although it’s not impossible that the recent £250m Superfast Extension Programme funding or £10m fund could play a part.

Fibre Trial – FAQ Highlights

What work are you doing in our area to build your new superfast fibre network?

We are building a brand new network for the trial. This network will deliver the service directly to your home via overhead lines. These overhead lines will appear similar to how telecommunication and electricity companies currently provide service in many areas

How do I sign up to take part in the trial? What do I need to do?

You don’t need to do anything at the moment. Once the network is installed and has been tested in your street, we’ll get in touch with again, and give you the opportunity to take part.

What’s in it for me? Will I be given an incentive to take part?

As a thank you for helping us trial the Superfast network – we will be giving you a special offer. The same great offer will apply, whether you’ve got Sky TV at the moment or not.

How would you connect me to your new superfast fibre network?

When the network in your street in up and running, we will offer you the chance to sign up for our trial service. Once you are signed up, we will run a brand new fibre line from the nearest pole and attach it to the side of your home. Then we will arrange a time with you for a Love Digital engineer to come and bring the line into your home and install a new faceplate. The engineer will then set up the trial router and ensure the service is up and running

Naturally we’ll be emailing Sky Broadband to find out more.

UPDATE 20th June 2014

Sky has told ISPreview.co.uk that it’s a very small scale trial using GPON based Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) technology (like BT’s FTTP), which is designed to help them better understand the technologies potential and economics.

Sky said they’re also looking at other technologies in different parts of the country and that the launch date for this one will be confirmed to residents in due course.

As for Sky’s involvement with the local Hampshire BDUK scheme, the operator states that their deployment is being conducted outside of the areas BT where are currently contracted to upgrade.

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12 Responses
  1. Avatar Unknown101 says:

    Finally another ISP building their own network, look forward to seeing more information about it. Looks promising but would be interested to see install and monthly costs for this service.

    1. Avatar adslmax says:

      Sound good but I will never touch Sky Broadband!

  2. Avatar Alec Robertson says:

    Curious as to why they’re testing it in Basingstoke, when it’s already largely covered by FTTC, but at least they’re testing it.

    We’re in Hampshire and we’re supposed to get FTTC in 2015, but I would honestly pay double for this over the lousy “super-fast” for about 5 years broadband BT will offer.

    1. Avatar Unknown101 says:

      Got to be pretty costly to build out ducts to the new telegraph poles, jointing boxe and traffic management costs if it involves crossing crraigeways. Surely this can only be recouped by install and monthly costs. Maybe they’ll be using another companies network of ducts but then the costs involved with renting this space….?

      Probably entice people in with dirt cheap Sky TV or even bundle that in free with the fibre broadband and run the TV over this instead of satellite.

  3. Avatar Ben says:

    I have applied for the trial and will find out tomorrow what is required.

    1. Avatar Unknown101 says:

      Just out of curiosity – how much you willing to pay for the service and what speed would you be interested in getting? (Assuming there going to offer tiers and not just 1Gbps).

  4. Avatar FibreFred says:

    Sounds a bit like a PIA trial Virgin/Fuji did for a street (cant remember the location)

    Sounds promising but let’s see what comes of it/price/expansion/availability etc

    1. Avatar CableGuy says:

      The ThinkBroadband story appears to suggest that it’s their own pole.

    2. Avatar Unknown101 says:

      Yes looks like it’s there own poles not sure about ducts and that though – nice to see a big ISP do something on their own for once.

  5. Avatar snipit says:

    ADSLMAX, why would you never touch Sky broadband?

    1. Avatar DTMark says:

      Perhaps it has something to do with Murdoch, or having had Sky before 😉

      If I lived where this is being trialled, I’d probably have the inferior cable service from VM than have something from Sky just because it’s Sky.

      On the other hand, they’re putting money in and developing something genuinely new, which is to be applauded so I ought to support that.

    2. Avatar No Clue says:

      The only problem i have with your feelings there DTMark is if it was not for Sky there would unlikely be a Virgin Media, atleast not in the form it currently is as most of their TV channels come from Sky. Without that customer churn i imagine the broadband from VM would cost just a bit more.

      People bash Sky, i can understand the Murdoch hate. I can not understand the hate for a company that has invested in things like LLU broadband and continue to expand that. Investing in TV, without them this country would unlikely have access to some sporting events, movies as soon as they get them (you wouldnt have the competition from netflix sky were the first with PPV movies etc) Oh and then there is this story, Sky and their future REAL FTTP services. So determined they will even join forces with (shudder) Talk Talk.

      Evil empire, nah, but impression cos a certain man owns a mini share in them yes.

      They have arguably love or hate them spent more on physical products we can actually see than paper figures in the last ten years than BT, Virgin and most others in a similar business sector.

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