GTC to offer BSkyB TV entirely over fibre

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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GTC partners with Sky to offer its fibre-optic broadband customers easy access to Sky TV

It is announced today that GTC and Sky (LSE:BSY) have reached an agreement to team up to provide customers on GTC’s new-build fibre optic networks with the opportunity to benefit from a market-leading package of premium TV services, fixed-line home phone and broadband speeds of up to 300Mbps.

GTC’s super-fast fibre technology displaces the outdated copper-based solutions traditionally installed on new-build developments, and enables its customers the capacity to enjoy the full range of entertainment, home-working and social activities afforded by this 21st-century solution.

Sky will offer its full range of premium TV services, including Sky+HD, to those homes who take their fibre broadband from GTC. Customers on GTC’s fibre broadband networks already enjoy the fastest nationally-available speeds, at the lowest equivalent prices.

This new-build solution avoids the need for individual satellite dishes and delivers TV and all other services via fibre cables directly into homes, neatly utilising a Fibre Integrated Reception System (FIRS). This comprises a central satellite receiver and aerial array, to serve the whole new-build site.

Andrew Robinson, Commercial Operations Director at GTC, says: “The partnership with Sky means the UK’s house builders can be confident that GTC’s fibre networks will offer best-in-class services long into the future for the buyers of their new homes.

“GTC has led the way in providing new gas and electricity networks to house builders for many years and this agreement affirms our commitment to providing new telecommunications networks also.”

Brendan Hegarty, Sky’s Head of Homes and Independent Retail, says: “This relationship with GTC will give owners of new homes across the UK a simple way to get great TV from Sky alongside GTC’s superfast broadband and home phone services. We look forward to making Sky TV available to even more homes through this innovative co-promotion.”