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UPDATE Sky Broadband Trial 950Mbps FTTH Service in Basingstoke UK

Wednesday, Jun 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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