Sky CEO hits out at BT over fibre broadband

The Sky CEO has blasted BT for its lack of investment in fibre-to-the-premises broadband. 


The Sky CEO has blasted BT for its lack of investment in fibre-to-the-premises broadband. 

Jeremy Darroch claimed that BT showed a lack of willingness in the technology in a written statement in the Times. 

Mr Darroch added that BT was more interested in investing in “decades old” copper cables that were not as fast as the alternative. 

An issue also brought up was the idea that BT controls the majority of broadband in the UK, and that it dictates how fast the average speed is. 

This allows BT to be complacent in investing in better broadband, Darroch claims, which harms the sector overall. 

“The potential for new technology to transform our society is limitless.If the UK is to improve its productivity and international competitiveness, and ensure our businesses, homes, schools and hospitals benefit from the latest technology, then we need better digital infrastructure including an ultrafast broadband network with speeds of 1Gbps or more, through fibre laid direct to homes and businesses."

Sky is currently lobbying for BT to renounce its Openreach system, allowing other providers to access better broadband speeds.

The provider insists that the UK will not reach acceptable average speeds until BT gives up Openreach.

Consumer watchdog Ofcom is looking into the issue, and is due to announce its decision on February 25th. 

Sky aims to bring an average speed of 1Gbps to UK homes in the future and will be hoping for access to Openreach to aid this target. 

Source: USwitch

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