Sky Ireland will use BT Ireland’s products and services to rollout ultrafast broadband across the country. BT won a highly competitive tender to secure the multi-year contract, which will see the company provide Sky Ireland with a comprehensive managed service, including backhaul network, to help bring its ultrafast broadband offering to the market, including rural homes to be covered by the National Broadband Plan, says the press release.
As part of the deal, BT will also supply voice over IP (VOIP) services to alleviate reliance on phone lines for voice calls. The award of the contract reflects the strength and capability of its network, its expertise, and its speed to market. In addition to securing this landmark contract, BT also successfully retained an existing deal with Sky Ireland for a further four years, covering an entire range of managed services, broadband and fixed line products.
The rollout of the technology will bring major benefits to the Irish broadband market, offering consumers more competition and choice of broadband products, and a single phone and broadband offering, rather than having to rely on different providers for different services.
JD Buckley, Managing Director, Sky Ireland, said: “This deal with BT reflects our continued commitment to investment in infrastructure in Ireland and will mean our customers can avail of the highest fibre speeds in the country across the widest possible footprint. It will also allow us to bring fibre to currently underserved rural customers as part of the Government’s National Broadband Plan.”
Shay Walsh, managing director, BT Ireland, said: “We are delighted that Sky Ireland chose BT to support the next phase of its rollout of next generation broadband technology. It’s great news for the market in general, because competition brings choice and now consumers and businesses will have more providers to choose from for phone and broadband services.”