Sky’s Italian business has signed a “long-term” that gives it access to Open Fiber’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, allowing it to offer a fibre-only TV service via its Sky Q set top box.
The service will be available alongside Sky’s existing services from 2019.
Andrea Zappia, Sky Italia CEO said: “This agreement with Open Fiber is an important next step.
“We believe that Pay-TV has significant room for growth and fibre represents an innovative and simple way to deliver more quality TV and on-demand content into the heart of Italian homes.
“The combination of the Sky Q experience, exclusive content and our passion for our customers will make this offer unique.
“At the same time, the outstanding quality of Sky’s service will accelerate the take-up of fibre as is already happening in other European countries.”
Elisabetta Ripa, Open Fiber CEO added: “We strongly believe that our wholesale-only business model is the best way to accelerate the roll out and penetration in Italy of innovative ultra broadband services, provided on a pure fiber infrastructure.
“This strategic agreement is a milestone to promote the advantages and the potential of our active TLC services, designed to deliver a superior customer experience.
“We are proud to partner with Sky in this exciting project.”