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Sky has announced that it plans to offer a next generation router to broadband customers in the UK.

While no date for the launch of the device has yet been confirmed, Sky has said it will offer enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities.

The provider also confirmed it intends to launch a new superfast fibre broadband product in Ireland - entitled Sky Fibre 1Gb - as well as introduce a new triple-play service in Italy in partnership with Open Fiber next year.

Sky went on to state that it wants to "significantly" increase its fibre broadband penetration in the coming months.

This, it said, will help it deliver on its aim to offer more customers faster download speeds and a better all-round experience when using broadband-driven services.

"We will continue to transform the customer experience by delivering sustained world-class innovation in our products and services," Sky said.

"We want to make the Sky experience better for all customers and make it easier for them to enjoy the Sky experience on their terms."

Sky has also moved to secure future growth in its Sky Mobile service by agreeing a long-term deal with Telefonica UK, which will see it continue as its chosen network provider.

Under the agreement, Sky and Telefonica will have access to 98 per cent indoor and outdoor population coverage on 4G, as well as cooperate on the testing and launch of 5G, including a 5G test bed. 

This means Sky customers will be able to get access to 5G as soon as it is launched by Telefonica.

Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive of Sky in the UK and Republic of Ireland, said the deal means its customers can continue to "enjoy great service, including 5G connectivity".

"Customers love Sky Mobile and the ease with which they can roll over their data and swap to the latest handset," he commented.

"That’s why over half a million customers have switched to Sky Mobile since we launched last year."

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