Sky UK and Brookfield Utilities UK Group (BUUK) have announced a strategic partnership that will see Sky obtaining wholesale access to BUUK’s network.

BUUK connects UK new-build homes to its full fibre network, with around 50,000 FTTH installations at present. However, the company plans to rapidly increase the number of new homes it connects, with the goal of connecting 200,000 new builds over the next 12 months.

This deal sees Sky become the anchor tenant for broadband services in developments connected by BUUK and builds on an existing commercial arrangement whereby Sky TV is made available to homes connected by BUUK using their FTTH via a Fibre Integrated Reception System (FIRS).

Sky has previously worked with TalkTalk and Cityfibre in York, so this marks the third alternative provider to BT that they are now working with. BUUK’s sister companies are Open Fibre Networks Ltd and GTC.

Posted by Teresa Cottam

Teresa is the Chief Analyst at Omnisperience and has over 25 years' experience in the telecoms and technology markets. She is an expert on SME and enterprise telecoms, and has considerable vertical market expertise. Her research focus lies in helping B2B telecoms firms become more commercially successful by better understanding and meeting their customers' needs. She is a judge of the GSMA Global Mobile Awards (GloMo's) for customer experience and enterprise innovation, and for the UK Cloud awards. You can follow her on Twitter @teresacottam

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