Sky and BUUK Infrastructure have agreed a strategic partnership that will see Sky obtain wholesale access to BUUK’s full-fibre networks across the UK.
Sky says this will open 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, an independent provider of last-mile utility networks in the UK. This builds on existing commercial arrangements between Sky and BUUK focussed on the availability of Sky TV in new-build homes.
BUUK is planning to rapidly increase the number of new homes it connects, targeting 200,000 new build properties over the next 12 months.
Stephen van Rooyen, CEO UK & Ireland, Sky, said, “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.”
Clive Linsdell, CEO BUUK Infrastructure, added, ”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. Together, Sky and BUUK will ensure that more consumers can access ultra-fast broadband speeds on the day they move into their new home.”