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Sky 40Mbps fibre broadband goes live but no plans for 80Mbps

Sky’s up-to-38Mbps fibre-optic broadband goes on sale on April 13, but the communications giant said it has no plans to hurry into 80Mbps broadband with BT and TalkTalk.

Sky Fibre Unlimited will be available to 30 per cent of UK homes at launch, costing £20/month plus a minimum TV, phone and line rental package, with a £50 connection fee.

However, Sky said there are no plans to add up-to-76Mbps broadband, following BT Retail and TalkTalk’s launches this week.

A Sky spokesperson said: ““At our results in January we announced our new fibre broadband product. Sky is pleased to confirm that Sky Fibre Unlimited is now available to customers for £20 a month from Sky.com when purchasing Sky Talk and line rental.

“Customers in a fibre network coverage area can now access download speeds of up to 38Mbps with a totally unlimited product that has no usage caps.

“Sky Fibre Unlimited is currently available to around 30 per cent of UK homes, growing over time in line with Openreach’s fibre roll-out programme.”

The tie to Sky TV means that while the fibre broadband package is a competitive £39.12/month (including the connection fee spread over a 12-month contract), the minimum cost of the bundle is £59.12/month.

Sky’s unlimited broadband packages aren’t affected by any peak time management or traffic shaping. As well as there being no hidden download caps (making it truly unlimited), even P2P services like Limewire and the gang aren’t throttled or managed.

Sky has more than 3.6 million broadband customers and its broadband network will cover 88 per cent of the UK by 2013.

Sky Fibre Unlimited customers will also be able to get unlimited WiFi with The Cloud from more than 10,000 UK hotspots by the end of April, at no extra cost. 

BT Openreach this week enabled up-to-80Mbps fibre-to-the-cabinet broadband for any ISPs which use its wholesale broadband network, although BE Broadband has also said it won’t be able to launch fibre broadband at all until 2013.

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