BT Ireland wins wholesale broadband contract with Sky Ireland

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From left: Managing director of BT Ireland, Shay Walsh, with JD Buckley, managing director of Sky Ireland. Image: Teneo PSG

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Ireland’s broadband market just got more competitive.

It was announced today (2 October) that BT Ireland has won a highly competitive tender to secure a multi-year contract with Sky Ireland.

The aim is of this deal is to provide a comprehensive managed service including backhaul network, to help bring ultrafast broadband across the country.

BT also retained an existing agreement with Sky Ireland for a further four years, covering managed services, broadband and fixed line offerings.

‘We are delighted that Sky Ireland chose BT to support the next phase of its roll-out of next-generation broadband technology’
– SHAY WALSH

BT claimed that this freshly inked deal will create a more competitive and varied broadband market, including a single broadband and phone offering, meaning customers will not need to rely as much on different providers for different services.

Implementing the National Broadband Plan

JD Buckley, managing director at Sky Ireland, spoke of the company’s “continued commitment to investment in infrastructure in Ireland”. He also mentioned Sky’s plans to bring fibre to underserved rural customers under the Government’s National Broadband Plan.

Managing director at BT Ireland, Shay Walsh, said: “We are delighted that Sky Ireland chose BT to support the next phase of its roll-out 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.”

As part of the new deal, BT will also provide VoIP services to alleviate pressure on phone lines for voice calls.

Ellen Tannam is a writer covering all manner of business and tech subjects

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