No more Sky broadband for homes with slower speeds
Jan 19th, 15:38 by Charlotte Whyatt
Telecommunication giant Sky will no longer be selling its broadband services to households who cannot receive speeds of at least 2Mbps, the minimum speed required to enjoy streaming and catch-up services like Netflix or BBC iPlayer.
It’s been estimated by regulatory board Ofcom that nearly 250,000 properties will be affected by the decision, which could also have a real effect on the average broadband speed Sky is able to advertise as it’ll no longer be able to include such a large chunk of its customer base.
Although an alternative has been put forward in the form of Sky Fibre, unfortunately you have to be able to receive a speed of higher than 2Mbps to get any kind of use out of it.
Competitors BT, TalkTalk, Virgin Media, Plusnet and EE have all confirmed that they will not be copying Sky’s decision to place a limitation on who they are able to sell to.
“Sky always aims to give its customers the best broadband experience and service,” said an unnamed spokesperson. “That's why we are no longer selling Sky broadband to new customers with speeds of 2Mbit/s or less, as we know customers can encounter a poor broadband experience at these speeds."
10Mbps is the broadband speed that Ofcom describe as “decent” but estimate that around 1.4 million households up and down the UK are unable to receive that level of service.
They suggest that to download a 6GB film using a 24Mbps connection would take around 35 minutes whereas if you were to use a 2Mbps connection it could take more than 7 hours.
Source: This Is Money
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