Sky offers full fibre (FTTP) broadband with download speeds of up to 500Mbps and upload speeds of up to 60Mbps.
In the UK, Sky now offers a full fibre (FTTP) broadband service with availability in more than 5 million homes. Their FTTP service starts from £28 per month with a choice of Superfast and Ultrafast broadband plans available.
On Sky’s Ultrafast FTTP broadband plan, you’ll benefit from average download speeds of 145Mbps and average upload speeds of 27Mbps. You can upgrade this to the Ultrafast Plus FTTP plan for an average download speed of 500Mbps and an average upload speed of 60Mbps.
In this article, we’ll look at Sky’s FTTP broadband service. We’ll start by looking at what FTTP technology is and the multiple benefits it can give you such as faster downloads and a more reliable connection. We’ll then look at Sky’s FTTP broadband plans, the availability of their new FTTP service and how you can switch to it.
|Best Offer:||Save £10 on the Sky Broadband set-up free (£9.95 set-up fee)|
|Contract Length:||18 month contract|
|Download Speed:||59Mbps (Superfast)
500Mbps (Ultrafast Plus)
|Upload Speed:||18Mbps (Superfast)
60Mbps (Ultrafast Plus)
|Technology:||Fibre to the home (full fibre)|
|Router:||Sky Broadband Hub (Sky SR203)|
|Coverage:||5 million+ UK homes|
What is FTTP?
In the UK, full fibre is the next generation of home broadband technology. It makes use of a fibre optic connection all the way into your home. For this reason, it’s often known as a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband or fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband.
FTTP is different from normal fibre broadband where the fibre optic connection only goes to a cabinet near your home. With normal fibre broadband, the final part of the connection is delivered over a copper phone line. This technology is also known as fibre-to-the-cabinet (or FTTC broadband for short).
There are three main benefits of having a FTTP broadband connection:
- You can access faster download speeds. With FTTP broadband, you can access faster download speeds. For instance, Sky’s Ultrafast Broadband offers an average download speed of 145Mbps using FTTP technology. This is more than double the speed available on their FTTC broadband plans.
- Your broadband service will have more capacity. With FTTP, you can have more devices using your home broadband connection at the same time without things slowing down for other people.
- You’ll get a more reliable connection. As FTTP uses a fibre optic cable all the way into your home, it isn’t susceptible to the same noise and interference problems that can sometimes affect normal broadband.
At present, Sky’s FTTP broadband service is available in around 5 UK million homes. They’re using the Openreach FTTP network to deliver it into homes. If you haven’t had a FTTP connection in your home before, you’ll need an engineer visit to connect you to the new full fibre network. This involves laying some fibre optic cable from the street to your home and installing an Openreach modem (ONT) inside your property.
If you’re getting your Sky Broadband service through a FTTP connection, follow the instructions on Sky’s website on how to set up the service. For FTTP customers, the Sky Talk home phone service is provided using Sky’s Internet Calls technology. This means your home telephone will need to plugged in to your Sky Hub router instead of being plugged in to a phone socket on the wall.
Sky FTTP Broadband Plans
If you’re living at an address with access to Sky’s FTTP broadband, you’ll be able to choose from the following Sky Broadband plans:
- Superfast Broadband costs £28/month, giving you average download speeds of 59Mbps and average upload speeds of 18Mbps. It’s about five times faster than standard copper broadband.
- Ultrafast Broadband costs £35/month, giving you average download speeds of 145Mbps and average upload speeds of 27Mbps. It’s about twelve times faster than standard copper broadband. The plan also includes a 100Mbps speed guarantee.
- Ultrafast Plus Broadband costs £45/month, giving you average download speeds of 500Mbps and average upload speeds of 60Mbps. It’s about 40 times faster than standard copper broadband. The plan also includes a 400Mbps speed guarantee.
Sky’s FTTP broadband plans are shown in the table below:
|Service||Average Speed||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
|59Mbps download||18 month contract||£9.95||£28/month|
|145Mbps download||18 month contract||£9.95||£35/month|
Sky Ultrafast Plus
|500Mbps download||18 month contract||£9.95||£45/month|
You can add Sky’s Broadband Boost service for an extra £5/month. This gives you a guaranteed wi-fi signal in every room of your home, or money back on your Broadband Boost subscription. You’ll also benefit from daily line checks, a parental controls app and flexible engineer visits.
Coverage & Availability
Sky’s full fibre (FTTP) broadband service makes use of connectivity from the Openreach network.
At present, around 5 million homes have access to Sky’s FTTP broadband service (this is approximately 17% of all UK households). Coverage for FTTP services is set to rapidly increase over the next few years, reaching 25 million homes by December 2025.
To see whether Sky’s FTTP broadband service is available where you live, you can enter your address on Sky’s availability checker:
If you’re living at an FTTP-enabled address, you’ll see Sky’s Ultrafast Broadband plans available for order. Alternatively, if your address is not yet enabled for FTTP broadband, you’ll be offered alternative plans that use copper broadband (ADSL) or fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) technology.
Switching to Sky Broadband
If you’re currently using another broadband provider, it’s easy to switch your home broadband service to Sky.
Start by ordering your broadband plan online from Sky. During the online order process, you’ll be given an activation date for your new Sky Broadband service. An engineer installation will also be scheduled if one is required to get a FTTP connection into your home.
At the same time, Sky will normally contact your old broadband provider for you to cancel your old service. The main exception to this is if you’re a Virgin Media customer, in which case you’ll need to contact them separately to cancel your service.
For step-by-step instructions on how to change your broadband provider to Sky, please select your current broadband provider from the menu below:
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You can also read our full guide on switching broadband provider in the UK.