If your internet is supplied by Sky, the broadcaster is poised to announce some incredible news next month. It’s thought the telecoms and TV firm might be about to unleash a major upgrade in the UK, which would allow some of its customers to access the web at speeds infinitely faster than what’s available across the country right now.
According to a report from ispreview, Sky might finally bring full fibre connections to homes from June 1, 2020. That’s big news as Sky currently only offers a hybrid fibre connection called G.fast.
Although this service is faster than ageing copper cables, it still can’t quite match the might of services such as Virgin Media who can pump the web directly into homes using its fast full fibre network. If the latest report is true, it will mean those who subscribe to Sky will be able to download files at speeds of over 285Mbps.
That’s considerably quicker than the top speeds of 145Mbps Sky currently offers via its Ultrafast plan. It was thought that Sky’s new full fibre broadband would arrive a little earlier this year with the firm announcing that it was committed to bringing improved speeds to customers but the current health crisis appears to have pushed the rollout back a little.
That’s because Openreach, which provides the infrastructure for brands like EE, BT, TalkTalk, Zen, Sky, Giganet and more, was forced to suspend almost all new installations that require an engineer to make a home visit.
Sky’s Planned Full Fibre Packages~
Superfast – 80Mbps (20Mbps upload)
Ultrafast 1 – 150Mbps (30Mbps upload)
Ultrafast 2 – 285Mbps (50Mbps upload) – TBC
Although these new Sky speeds are fast they do lag behind the ultimate broadband now offered by BT and Virgin. Both of these firms have recently released 1 gig services which offer the ability to download full HD movies in under a minute.
This fast broadband is rolling out slowly across the country with more areas expected to be upgraded in the coming months.