Sky and BUUK agree strategic full fibre partnership

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Sky and BUUK Infrastructure today announce 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 focussed on the availability of Sky TV in new build homes.

BUUK are 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, said:  ”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. Together, Sky and BUUK will ensure that more consumers can access ultra-fast broadband speeds on the day they move into their new home.”

 Notes to Editors

Media Contacts:

Harrison Kelly, Head of Corporate Communications, Sky

Harrison.Kelly@sky.uk / +44 (0) 7817476365

Carly Wilcock, Head of Marketing, BUUK

Carly.wilcock@bu-uk.co.uk / 07970 641664

About Sky

With 24 million customers across seven countries, Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of the Comcast group. Our 31,000 employees help connect our customers with the very best of Sports, News, the arts and to our own local, original content. Following the success of Sky originals like Chernobyl, Patrick Melrose, Das Boot and Gomorrah we launched Sky Studios and now plan to more than double our investment in original drama and comedy over the next five years.

Our technology allows customers to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, and as we connect millions of families to content they love, it is our responsibility to do it safely – that’s why we offer services like Sky Broadband Buddy and the Sky Kids app. And our online streaming service, NOW TV, brings viewers all the enjoyment of Sky with the flexibility of a contract-free service.

We also believe that a company of our scale has a responsibility that goes beyond our business, and into the community. Our Sky Ocean Rescue campaign has reached millions across Europe, we’re on track to be free of single-use plastic by 2020, we’re investing £25million over five years in ocean-saving tech and we’re a proud employer – recognised by The Times and Stonewall for our approach to inclusivity.

About BUUK

 BUUK Infrastructure is the leading provider of last-mile multiutility networks, constructing and operating essential utility assets throughout the UK.

BUUK Infrastructure's group businesses design, construct, own and operate utility infrastructure networks throughout England, Wales and Scotland. These networks are almost exclusively installed on new-build housing, mixed-use and commercial developments and include; gas, electricity, fibre, water, waste water and district energy networks.

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