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GTC and Sky Bring 300Mbps FTTH Broadband and TV to New Reading Homes

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 (2:19 pm) - Score 1,977

Sky (Sky Broadband) has today extended their existing relationship with utility infrastructure provider GTC by announcing a joint plan to make a new 300Mbps Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network and TV services available to homes at a popular Bellway Homes development (Kings Mead) in the large town of Reading (Berkshire, England).

Readers might recall that Sky and GTC first hooked up last year (here and here) as part of a deal that would see GTC build the pure fibre optic FTTH network, with Sky supplying the related TV services via a Fibre Integrated Reception System (FIRS) setup (this comprises a central Satellite receiver and aerial array, which is integral to providing the TV service).

As such it’s little surprise to find that GTC’s new contract to deliver utility services for the Bellway Homes development in Reading will also include both FTTH (broadband + phone) and a specialist selection of TV services from Sky (Sky Broadband). The products will be available to residents from the day they move into the property.

Apparently the new Kings Mead development at Kenavon Drive, on the outskirts of Reading town centre, includes the construction of 192 properties, ranging from 1-bedroom flats to 4-bedroom detached family houses, all with various amenities and leisure facilities nearby. The new homes currently go from £254,950 to £284,950.

Claire McGoldrick, Area Sales Manager for BH, told ISPreview.co.uk:

Kings Mead has been carefully planned to ensure residents enjoy all the benefits of living within a stone’s throw of the vibrant town centre. The location offers great shopping, dining and transport links, as well as proximity to a number of good schools.

However, it’s clear that the provision of utilities such as gas and electricity, along with premium broadband and TV services, plays an essential role in creating a high standard of modern living.”

Tom Brough, GTC Sales & Marketing Director, added:

By providing the site with a superior fibre-to-the-home infrastructure, we are ensuring that homeowners can enjoy the very best in broadband, for both now and in the future. Unlike other providers who install what is referred to as a superfast connection, our network is fibre all the way into the home, without using any outdated copper.”

Separately Sky simply said that they were “delighted to be involved in the Kings Mead development“. Meanwhile GTC will also be providing gas and electricity infrastructure to the development.

It’s worth pointing out that GTC’s FTTH network is actually capable of delivering speeds up to 1000Mbps (Megabits per second), although at present the domestic product is limited to 300Mbps.

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21 Responses
  1. adslmax Real says:

    Sky are after FAT CAT GREEDY MONEY! No wonder they choose expensive homes for any rich peoples to hook up Sky TV & Sky Broadband.

    1. Cammy says:

      £260,000 new home ‘expensive’? Mmmm Ok

    2. Mark Jackson says:

      The average house price in the United Kingdom is just a shade under £200k, so £260k would still be roughly within the range considered “average”. I thus wouldn’t call the above prices expensive either, but it depends where you live.

    3. Cammy says:


      Most of the sales in Reading over the past year were terraced properties which on average sold for £247,936. Flats had an average sold price of £188,115 and semi-detached properties averaged at £319,892.

      Reading, with an overall average price of £285,122 was cheaper than nearby Caversham (£356,214), Earley (£318,303) and Emmer Green (£370,693).

      In the past year house prices in Reading were 12% up on the year before and 17% up on 2012 when they averaged at £244,642.”

      So not expensive for the area at all

  2. Matthew Williams says:

    This sounds similar to what cable companies do in the U.S. Offering specialist TV deals for owners and developers and laying down Internet infrastructure at same time.

  3. adslmax Real says:

    The average house price in Telford is around £75,000 to £125,000

    1. Incorrect, the average house price in Telford, officially is £135,000 which is well below the Shropshire average price of £195,000. Where we are based in Bridgnorth, Shropshire to average house price is £285,000

    2. Cammy says:

      Still cheap….

      “The average house in the UK now costs £272,000 and prices increased by 9.8 per cent last year”

      If you click on reading on that map also you will notice the prices are more than resonable for that area.

    3. Pedrostech says:

      Just looked up for Surrey and you’re looking at £500-600k average where I live. And no cable for miles.

    4. Astroturfer says:

      It was considerably higher then news got out that you live there and prices swiftly dropped.

    5. themanstan says:

      Makes it easier for me to move up the property ladder, how´s the price of bridges your way?

    6. @themanstan We have an ironbridge going spare, but I think they may notice it missing.

  4. tonyp says:

    I’m wondering if you have a choice of supplier of ‘Phone (e.g BT), TV (e.g. YouView) and Internet service (e.g Talk Talk) or if the site investment locks you into SKY? If so, that is distinctly anti-competitive and possibly expensive without competition. I expect the Bellway customer agreement will bar installation of terrestrial antennae to improve the house aesthetics.

    That said, at least they will be getting up-to-date infrastructure though how soon will it be superceded by newer technology?

    1. Kev says:

      Here in Fife, Virgin have been doing the same. My Aunt couldn’t buy the property unless she agreed to only have their cable system and can’t put a dish up for Sky. They were also forced to taking Virgin’s phone/BB.

    2. Astroturfer says:

      This isn’t uncommon. Where other operators strike up an agreement with the developer generally only they are able to serve customers. There are no BT lines present.

      Nothing to do with forcing people to agree to things when they buy the houses, they quite literally have no other options for phone or broadband service and a ‘no dishes’ covenant is pretty common in non-BT new builds.

  5. dave says:

    sky should just make their boxes work with iptv.

    1. Colin says:

      Yeah why don’t sky join the Youview party like plusnet, BT and talktalk. They already provide content via IPTV .

      I understand Europe as a lot more IPTV providers and then we have, especially France and Spain, so IPTV works. Plus you’re not tied in to a provider. if you move into a housing complex which only one utility company for TV and broadband. On that point I’m sure competition commission would have an interest .

  6. Dragon says:

    If everyone started watching IPTV then unless it was delivered directly to the local network our internet infrastructure would collapse under the demand.

    In most cases there isn’t enough back haul to support a large majority of people watching IPTV

    Also SKY do provide a limited IPTV based service it’s called NowTV

    1. KStone says:

      As you say, SKY have NowTV and also all the on Demand Content. There is still a little life left in SAT and also CATV, with 4k around the corner it will certainly be easier for SKY and Virgin to support 4K live events than it is for IPTV 4k(No Buffering possible on live).

      With regards to the Broadband, are SKY offering the broadband and phones here?
      It would be an interesting move if the Telephony was delivered over fibre?

      If it is merely Fibre-IRS, then it is very common, Many MDUs already have this and quite a few developers deploy FTTP for TV/SAT as standard.

  7. The Anonymous says:

    Its great and all but if like many you live in a block of flats you have almost zero chance of an upgrade at all. its even worse when your cabinet is over half a mile away and no one wants lay cables to a much closer cabinet. im stuck with 2Mb connection and i live in london. I cant even stream sky news without buffering. They should consider upgrading the poorest areas first before trying to be the fastest for the few lucky

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