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Sky reaches the 1 million milestone
Monday 29 October 2007 17:58:01 by John Hunt

Sky have surpassed 1 million broadband connections, according to Reuters, growing from 553,000 customers at the end of April 2007. Sky only ventured into the broadband market in July of 2006 and have grown their service at a startling rate. Sky claim that approximately 30% of their customers are new (i.e. did not have a Sky TV package already) and 70% of customers have chosen one of the higher speed options over the free 2Mbps service.

Sky's main competitor within the triple-play market (Television, Telephone and Internet access) is Virgin Media who offer similar services over their cable network. Virgin had around 3.2 million broadband connections at the end of Q2 2007. They have also been battling in other arenas, where Virgin stopped carrying several Sky TV channels after a disagreement on the fees that should be paid. The resolution of that is not expected for some time, with a court case announced for 2008.

More details about the Sky broadband services can be found within our ISP list.

Comments

Posted by Khan over 9 years ago
Does that include us UK Online subscribers too or are we not counted? :)
Posted by _TRIaXOR_ over 9 years ago
Just Sky broadband customers AFAIK, UK Online are a different ISP even tho they use the same LLU provider (Easynet)
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
It wont include ukonline customers.
As to the sky Vs virgin thing, personally i think they are both idiots, but to be honest Virgin IMO deserve to come of worse for the various things they have done which has screwed customers over this year.
Posted by _TRIaXOR_ over 9 years ago
Sky are learning as they go along listening to what thier customers want and evolving along the way, if thats idiotic, let them I say ;)
Posted by keith_thfc over 9 years ago
Well done to SKY. Unlike so many other ISP's, SKY have not mis-sold their service and are reaping the benefits.

Along with be*, they have been a breath of fresh air.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Oh come on we cant say sky are saints, with their monopoly on films and sport in this country. We can say though in the escalating virgin vs sky drama they certainly are the better of 2 evils. Which certainly provide the better value broadband service.
Posted by monty1158 over 9 years ago
All I'll say is that there's a huge difference on my broadband since I've switched from Virgin to Sky (Mind you, I could have went anywhere for my broadband). It now works flawlessly, like the old Telewest used to, and it's cheaper to boot! It seems to me that Virgin have just taken the worst of the networks from old companies, plonked it on the new, awful, draconian, network, and sold all the good bits. Certainly, the catastrophic failure of the network a few Saturdays ago showed that in their dictionary, the description of 'failover' is 'Non-existent, sold it for a song last week Guv'nor'.
Posted by keith_thfc over 9 years ago
"Oh come on we cant say sky are saints"

Compared to most ISP's they are Carpetburn. They genuinely cater for heavy users and such providers are few and far between.
Posted by chrysalis over 9 years ago
CARPETBURN you realise sky own the isp you use? they are good in terms of tv and adsl in my view in that what they sell is decent enough quality and does what it says.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 9 years ago
Yes i do realise, however the support staff are not the same people as you get when you ring sky. Of course the speed to money ratio you get from ukonline or sky for high speed services is far superior to virgin cable (we all know about virgins premium rate support and throttling by now).
Theres no denying though sky do have a monopoly on certain things in this country and support for the actual sky service wasnt all that good when it kicked off and occasionally has the same issues now.
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