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Sky to launch fibre broadband service in April

'up to' 40Mbps net connections available to around 30% of the UK

Sky Broadband has revealed it will be offering a fibre-based net connection from April this year.

The ISP said the service, which will only be available to Sky TV customers that currently subscribe to a TV and line rental package, will offer download speeds of 'up to' 40Mbps and comes with an unlimited download allowance that is not subject for a fair usage policy. The fibre broadband is priced at £20 per month. Meanwhile, Sky TV packages start from £20 per month and line rental for Sky TV packages start from £20 per month and line rental is priced at £12.25 per month, which means the entire package for 'up to' 40Mbps broadband access, TV and line rental is £52.25 per month. It is also subject to a one-off £50 set-up charge.

Sky Broadband said its fibre broadband service will be available to around 30 percent of UK homes at its time of launch but this will increase as BT's fibre roll-out continues across the country.

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The ISP said it now supplies broadband to 17 percent of the UK's connected homes and 29 percent of all Sky customers opt for all three services from the provider.

Furthermore, Sky Broadband also revealed it will shortly launch its public Wi-Fi service that will offer subscribers to its Sky Broadband Unlimited package free Wi-Fi access at more than 10,000 hotspots across the UK. The Wi-Fi service is powered by The Cloud, which was purchased by Sky in Janaury last year, and will be available at high-street stores such as Caffe Nero, Pizza Express and Wagamama.

"This year sees a number of enhancements that will ensure we create even more choice. Whether it's the launch of free public WiFi, extending our network into more parts of the UK, or adding fibre to our product mix, we are focused on meeting the demands of customers and on being their number one choice for home communications," said Stephen van Rooyen, Managing Director of Sky's Sales and Marketing Group.

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