Sky launches two ultrafast broadband packages
The long awaited launch of the ultrafast services by Sky has happened with the official press release arriving and we have added the Ultrafast 1 and Ultrafast 2 packages to our listings with the package search (driven by our own API) showing these two unlimited packages for those in an Openreach G.fast area.
- Sky Ultrafast 1 has an average download speed of 145 Mbps and 27 Mbps, priced at £39/m for 18 months. Existing Sky broadband customers also need to pay a £34.95 upgrade fee. Guaranteed speed is 100 Mbps.
- Sky Ultrafast 2 has an average download speed of 285 Mbps and 45 Mbps, priced at £49/m for 18 months. Existing Sky broadband customers also need to pay a £34.95 upgrade fee. Guaranteed speed is 150 Mbps.
The speed guarantee allows you to walk from the contract penalty free if your speeds are below the guaranteed minimum for three successive days but testing must be done via the Sky portal. We presume the Sky test triggers a test built into the supplied router and thus will avoid the vagueries of Wi-Fi and peoples own devices, but may tie you into using the Sky supplied hardware.
Fast and reliable broadband is an essential part of the family household today, and it’s only going to get more important in future. We want our customers to be able to do even more online, on more devices, without seeing their connection lag or drop. As a Sky Broadband Ultrafast customer, you will be able to seamlessly watch an HD movie, while your partner surfs the web and your kids are gaming in their bedroom.Kathryn Imrie, Director of Broadband at Sky
The press release avoids any discussion of the delivery technology but we believe that the service is available in both G.fast and Openreach FTTP areas, Sky talks about a footprint of 2 million premises for Ultrafast 1 and 1.2 million for Ultrafast 2 which don't marry with the official Openreach footprint sizes or our own figures. One possible reason for this is that Sky is not selling the service in all the Openreach FTTP or G.fast areas.
The launch is still something of a soft launch with registrations of interest rather than firm orders being taken but even so when we went to double check which areas the service was available the broadband checker on the Sky site was not working.
Update 1:15pm Sky has given us an answer on the technology front, it is available in G.fast areas currently and will be coming soon to FTTP areas. Therefore we have adjusted articles wording accordingly and have removed the FTTP flag for the packages in searches done on our site. Once we can see the two ultrafast packages being available in FTTP areas we will add the FTTP flag back.