Sky has signed a deal with utility infrastructure provider GTC that will see the telecoms giant's fibre broadband, pay TV and home phone services made available to new build homes across the UK.
Under the terms of the deal, GTC will make a bundle of Sky's premium TV services, fixed-line home phone and up to 300Mb fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband available to thousands of people across the country.
GTC normally works alongside homebuilders to supply gas, electricity, water and internet connections to a variety of new build properties, but the new deal will see it work in tandem with Sky as part of an exclusive deal.
It follows a successful scheme that in February 2014 saw a combined utility solution installed in more than 1,000 plots across Upper Heyford with Bovis Homes and The Dorchester Group.
GTC Regional Sales Manager Paul Summers said the highlight of this was a FTTH network delivering broadband speeds up to 300Mb, though he noted that its current platform would actually be capable of delivering speeds of up to 1000Mb.
This is because, unlike fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), FTTH does not suffer from declining speeds with distance from the exchange, he stated.
"Laying fibre optic cable right to each home ensures homeowners will be able to enjoy the best of today’s fibre offerings and know that the network is future proofed to support further advances in technology," Mr Summers explained.
"The fibre connection will be fully installed and ready for use when the homeowner moves in."
A key benefit of the new Sky deal is that it avoids the need for individual satellite dishes, which is what Sky usually uses, and instead delivers TV and all other services through fibre cables directly into homes, through the use of a Fibre Integrated Reception System (FIRS) utilising a central satellite receiver and aerial array.
This will then serve the entire new-build site, meaning less disruption to the aesthetic of the building, as well as fewer instances of roads being dug up at a later date to replace legacy broadband supplies such as copper cables.