UK multiplay operator Sky and last-mile multiutility networks provider BUUK Infrastructure have formed a strategic partnership that will see Sky obtain wholesale access to BUUK’s full fibre networks across the UK, opening up significant new headroom for growth in the new-build segment of the residential market.
As part of the deal, Sky will become the anchor tenant for broadband services in new and existing residential developments connected by BUUK, the leading independent provider of last-mile utility networks in the UK. This builds on existing commercial arrangements between Sky and BUUK focused on the availability of Sky TV in new build homes.
BUUK is planning to increase rapidly the number of new homes it connects, targeting 200,000 new build properties over the next 12 months.
“We’re committed to driving forward ultrafast connectivity in the UK and this deal with BUUK enables us to use our anchor tenancy to unlock infrastructure investment, while entering a new market with significant potential for growth,” advised Stephen van Rooyen, CEO UK & Ireland, Sky.
”As BUUK continues to increase the speed with which we connect new homes to full fibre broadband, we are excited to deepen our partnership with Sky – the UK’s leading broadband and entertainment provider, present in millions of homes across the country,” added Clive Linsdell, CEO BUUK Infrastructure. “Together, Sky and BUUK will ensure that more consumers can access ultra-fast broadband speeds on the day they move into their new home.”