York businesses invited to register interest in UFO network

Sky and TalkTalk prepare to open up their ultrafast fibre-optic (UFO) network for business in York

Sky and TalkTalk’s ultrafast fibre-optic (UFO) network is set to go live in York in the near future, with a number of events already scheduled to drum up support among local businesses.

The two ISPs have joined forces with pure fibre infrastructure player CityFibre to deliver a state-of-the-art fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, capable of delivering speeds of 1,000Mbps – or 1Gbps – enough to download a 3GB HD video file in about 30 seconds.

Gigabit fibre services are already available to buy today in the UK, but generally from smaller, specialist suppliers and then, usually only in rural areas with few potential customers or selected new-build housing developments.

In contrast, UFO will be among the first gigabit fibre services to be rolled out by a major ISP in a major urban centre, and will top the current most widely available superfast broadband service from Virgin Media by almost 850Mbps.

The suppliers will be holding introductory events across the weekends of 6 and 7 June 2015, and 13 and 14 June at York’s Clifton Moor retail park.

They have also launched a website where residents and business owners alike can register their interest in receiving the service.

Sky and TalkTalk said they planned to start connecting the first customers to UFO towards the end of 2015.

However, the two suppliers have not yet confirmed whether UFO will have ownership of the customer base as a distinct ISP or not, and neither parent has provided details of pricing or packages.

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