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TalkTalk and Sky are non-committal on the topic of whether they will take advantage of Openreach's new fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband network.

The technology was recently announced by Openreach as an ultrafast 330Mbps capable offering that is capable of being upgraded to speeds of 1Gbps in the future.

It is expected to reach two million properties up and down the country by 2020, but users could be facing a limited choice of affordable service providers. To date, 300,000 premises around the country have access to FTTP, and it is currently only offered by a very small number of ISPs aside from BT.

BT's current FTTP offerings are priced at £45 per month for the Unlimited Infinity 3 200Mbps offering, or £52 per month for the 300Mbps Unlimited Infinity 4. Line rental at £18.99 per month is also required for both packages.

Adoption problems have been flagged as a potential stumbling block by BT's rivals - and a spokesperson for TalkTalk told ISPreview that it is keen to learn more about how the company plans to expand on the initially limited reach of the network.

"Once we know more about the locations and volumes of new premises, we will be able to make our own plans about how we can add this service to our portfolio," the spokesperson commented.

Of the two million premises expected to be connected to FTTP by 2020 the majority are expected to be businesses, which may make FTTP a less attractive proposition to consumer-focused providers.

Among the concerns voiced by ISPs is the need to retrain staff to offer FTTP support, a move that may not be cost-effective if there is not substantial take-up of the service. Additionally, some providers, such as TalkTalk, are investing in their own FTTP networks.

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