GTC partners with Sky

by Trudy Mudd | Apr 07, 2014

GTC partners with Sky to offer its fibre-optic broadband customers easy access to Sky TV

It is announced today that GTC and Sky have reached an agreement to team up to provide customers on GTC's new-build fibre optic networks with the opportunity to benefit from a market-leading package of premium TV services, fixed-line home phone and broadband speeds of up to 300Mbps.

GTC’s super-fast fibre technology displaces the outdated copper-based solutions traditionally installed on new-build developments, and enables its customers the capacity to enjoy the full range of entertainment, home-working and social activities afforded by this 21st-century solution.

Sky will offer its full range of premium TV services, including Sky+HD, to those homes who take their fibre broadband from GTC. Customers on GTC’s fibre broadband networks already enjoy the fastest nationally-available speeds, at the lowest equivalent prices.

This new-build solution avoids the need for individual satellite dishes and delivers TV and all other services via fibre cables directly into homes, neatly utilising a Fibre Integrated Reception System (FIRS). This comprises a central satellite receiver and aerial array, to serve the whole new-build site. 

Andrew Robinson, Commercial Operations Director at GTC, says: "The partnership with Sky means the UK's house builders can be confident that GTC's fibre networks will offer best-in-class services long into the future for the buyers of their new homes. 

“GTC has led the way in providing new gas and electricity networks to house builders for many years and this agreement affirms our commitment to providing new telecommunications networks also."

Brendan Hegarty, Sky’s Head of Homes and Independent Retail, says: " This relationship with GTC will give owners of new homes across the UK a simple way to get great TV from Sky alongside GTC’s superfast broadband and home phone services. We look forward to making Sky TV available to even more homes through this innovative co-promotion.” 

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    GTC rolls out land deal for Countryside Properties on Bfl12 development in Cambridge GTC this week completes the complex task of laying high voltage electricity infrastructure across the grounds of the world-renowned Addenbrooke’s Hospital. This is a key step in the development of Countryside Properties’ new community, known as Great Kneighton, in Cambridge. The prestigious new development is on land adjacent to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. GTC has secured the contract with Countryside Properties to provide the gas and electricity infrastructure for all 2,550 new homes, as well as community amenities, including new schools, shops and health facilities. Along with the utilities services for individual parcels of land, GTC will also be future-proofing by installing the infrastructure to meet the additional capacity demands required by a growing community. While Countryside Property owns the land it is not the sole housebuilder for the development. Skanska and Bovis Homes have acquired fully-serviced land parcels from Countryside, increasing the variety of new homes on offer at Great Kneighton.  The contract model with GTC has enabled the smooth phasing of this substantial and jointly-developed new community.  Nigel Borrell, Senior Technical Manager at Countryside Properties, says: “The utilities aspect of this development has required careful forward planning by GTC. They have had to liaise with Addenbrooke’s Hospital, which is on the perimeter of the site, and manage the added complexities of a main line railway and a guided bus link. The contract model with GTC has been extremely successful for this multifaceted project. This approach is common place and allows all parties to benefit from the economies of scale, both in financial terms and in the timely completion of the infrastructure, bringing the houses to market.” This is a complex project with the initial infrastructure having to work around the challenges of the newly constructed access road to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. GTC has been able to work in carefully planned stages, first powering street lighting for the new access road, adjacent to the M11 motorway, and then increasing the electricity network, as required, at each phase of the development. The contract model has made it possible for GTC to work for each individual housebuilder but also on the development as a whole. Dave Overman, Electricity Network Manager at GTC, says: “It is important to consider the bigger picture on an intricate development like Great Kneighton. Working under a land deal model, also known as a licenced-area contract, allows us to offer our clients a great deal of flexibility. We are successfully managing to coordinate three different housebuilders, each with their own timings, and several phases of construction. Our client-focused approach is enabling us to meet the demands of this complicated project.”  GTC rolls out land deal for Countryside Properties on Bfl12 development in Cambridge GTC this week completes the complex task of laying high voltage electricity infrastructure across the grounds of the world-renowned Addenbrooke’s Hospital. This is a key step in the development of Countryside Properties’ new community, known as Great Kneighton, in Cambridge. The prestigious new development is on land adjacent to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. GTC has secured the contract with Countryside Properties to provide the gas and electricity infrastructure for all 2,550 new homes, as well as community amenities, including new schools, shops and health facilities. Along with the utilities More >
  • gtc contracted for first ‘get britain building’ homes

    GTC today announces a substantial new contract with Crest Nicholson to install gas and electricity infrastructure at the first site to be awarded under the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA’s) ‘Get Britain Building programme’. GTC will provide the utility infrastructure for over 1,100 new-build homes and 70,000 square metres of business floorspace, as well as for shops, a community/sports centre, library, church, health centre and primary school, at the Cheesmans Green development, near Ashford, in Kent. The HCA has granted £2.3m of funding to release 100 new homes as part of the first stage of this phased scheme, which will be known as ‘Stour Meadows’ Clive Linsdell, Managing Director at GTC, says: “The funding will provide a great kick-start to the development and the economic benefits will be felt by the much wider community. The timings of the connections and energisation are crucial as they must coincide precisely with the house builders needs and the programme aims to deliver the much needed new homes. We have, therefore, been working closely with Crest Nicholson and they aim to benefit from our independent status, which allows full control of timescales and costs. GTC works extensively with Crest Nicholson and this significant housing development further cements the strong and well established working relationship. Mark Osborn, Development Executive, at Crest Nicholson comments: “We were pleased to award GTC this contract following their previous performances on existing developments. Their ability to provide project assurance and delivery within our programme is essential, particularly under the HCA’s scheme.” Cheesmans Green has presented numerous challenges as the development has culverts under the main access roads, this means that the mains can not be sited under the road surface. GTC has resolved this issue, proposing to lay mains in bridle paths, which are at a suitable elevation. With further development still being finalised, GTC has designed a network that will allow for possible future expansion. GTC today announces a substantial new contract with Crest Nicholson to install gas and electricity infrastructure at the first site to be awarded under the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA’s) ‘Get Britain Building programme’. GTC will provide the utility infrastructure for over 1,100 new-build homes and 70,000 square metres of business floorspace, as well as for shops, a community/sports centre, library, church, health centre and primary school, at the Cheesmans Green development, near Ashford, in Kent. The HCA has granted £2.3m of funding to release 100 new homes as part of the first stage of this phased scheme, which will More >
  • important notice - construction of networks for connect utilities ltd

    With effect from 4th February 2013 management and delivery of the on-going construction of gas and electricity utility networks for Connect customers will transfer to GTC. For developments contracted with Connect Utilities Ltd being constructed by Clancy Docwra, there are no changes to your current delivery arrangements. Connect Customers For arranging the installation of your gas and electricity network, please continue to use your existing booking in contact details or alternatively contact GTC on 0845 602 2498 or email workrequests@gtc-uk.co.uk.  All calls and enquiries will be directed to GTC's Developer services team who will schedule all your gas and electricity utility site requirements.  To aid the transition, wherever possible our Developer Services team will arrange for your existing construction team to be deployed to continue to deliver your developments’ utility network.   All of our sites are supported by a locally based Multi Utility Project Manager.  For any changes to your site development and variations to the utility infrastructure network, please discuss with your Project Manager. We are working hard to ensure that the disruption is kept to a minimum over this transition period and your patience is greatly appreciated.With effect from 4th February 2013 management and delivery of the on-going construction of gas and electricity utility networks for Connect customers will transfer to GTC. For developments contracted with Connect Utilities Ltd being constructed by Clancy Docwra, there are no changes to your current delivery arrangements. Connect Customers For arranging the installation of your gas and electricity network, please continue to use your existing booking in contact details or alternatively contact GTC on 0845 602 2498 or email workrequests@gtc-uk.co.uk.  All calls and enquiries will be directed to GTC's Developer services team who will schedule all your gas and electricity utility site More >
  • gtc makes first independent hv electricity connection

    New regulations have positive impact for housebuilders. Leading independent provider and operator of utilities infrastructure, GTC, has completed its first ever high voltage IDNO to DNO self connection. In an important step towards true competition, Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs) are now being allowed to make their own high voltage connections to the upstream regional electricity network of the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs). The inaugural IDNO to DNO high voltage connection was made by GTC and its sister company, Power On Connections Ltd, connecting to the UK Power Network supply at a development in Cambridge. As an IDNO, GTC will now continue to own, operate and maintain the new network, serving new homes. GTC has been working closely with the regulators and, Ofgem has gradually been making changes aimed at opening up the utilities market to true and fair competition. For years, GTC has been fully licenced and accredited, with a proven ability to install high and low voltage networks, make service connections and commission substations. Until now, however, the regional DNOs insisted in being directly involved in the final connection between the IDNO and DNO networks. This prevented the IDNOs from freely setting the time and cost schedules with their client, the house builder or developer, as it added a third party to the process and increased bureaucracy. Involved in the first low voltage self connection, which took place at the end of 2011, GTC now holds an accreditation for both low and high voltage self connections. Clive Linsdell, Managing Director of GTC, comments: “IDNOs have always had the same capabilities and competences as DNOs but traditionally DNO’s allowed only themselves to make these connections. This is a case of sensible evolution and is long-overdue. This is the first step in a change of practice which will mean the whole operation of installing utility infrastructure, from quotation to delivery, is now possible through a single organisation, competitively selected based on price and customer service. This will allow house builders and developers to be in full control of the process and schedule the work within the time and cost constraints of the project. With no third party obstructions, it will now be possible for GTC to deliver its higher levels of service at every stage of the process.” As an accredited independent gas transporter, GTC has been carrying out self connections to the upstream gas supply for many years. Dramatic reductions have been seen in delivery timescales and GTC has been able to offer the highest possible standards of customer service. Having made the pioneering first HV self connection, GTC hopes that the practice will become commonplace between IDNO and DNO electricity networks. House builders will see no change in the finished product itself but delivery will be more efficient.New regulations have positive impact for housebuilders. Leading independent provider and operator of utilities infrastructure, GTC, has completed its first ever high voltage IDNO to DNO self connection. In an important step towards true competition, Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs) are now being allowed to make their own high voltage connections to the upstream regional electricity network of the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs). The inaugural IDNO to DNO high voltage connection was made by GTC and its sister company, Power On Connections Ltd, connecting to the UK Power Network supply at a development in Cambridge. As an IDNO, GTC will More >
  • gtc makes landmark inaugural self connection

    Nationwide provider of essential utilities infrastructure, GTC, has completed the UK’s first ever independent, low voltage, self connection to the upstream electricity network of a regional Distribution Network Operator (DNO). Under an industry-changing pilot scheme, GTC carried out the inaugural self connection to the upstream electricity supply on a development in Burnley. Until now, regional DNOs insisted upon being directly involved in the final network connection process, preventing Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs) from fulfilling their role as a truly independent solution. Having to rely on the DNO for the actual main connection has historically proved critical to customer service and the delivery timescale. The additional link in the chain often results in protracted schedules and increased costs for builders and developers.  Clive Linsdell, Managing Director of GTC, comments: “While it is great news that IDNOs are now permitted to make self connections to the DNO’s network, the procedure itself is not new or pioneering. GTC has been providing electricity networks for many years, installing and energising high and low  voltage mains, making service connections and commissioning substations. It is only the connection made between the IDNO and the DNO electricity infrastructure that has been subject to additional controls. Self connection to the upstream DNO is a simple and long-overdue process. We foresee the change in practice resulting in an improved service for house builders, with fewer delays and failures.”  Accredited independent gas transporters have been carrying out self connections for many years and dramatic reductions have been seen in delivery timescales as well as great improvements to customer service. Clive Linsdell continues: “We are delighted that routine practices in the electricity sector are starting to catch up with other utilities.” GTC’s own team made the industry-changing, low voltage, metered, live-jointing, self connection in close communication with the regional DNO, Electricity North West. Following this successful trial, other DNO regions are now initiating similar pilot schemes to help open up competition within the electricity connections market, as required by the industry regulator Ofgem. GTC hopes that by the end of 2012 it will be common practice for IDNOs to make low and high voltage self-connections to the DNO’s upstream network. The change in approach means the whole operation of installing utility infrastructure, from quotation to delivery, is now possible through a single company, competitively selected based on price and customer service. This puts house builders and developers in full control of the process, allowing the work to be scheduled within the time and cost constraints of the project and with much higher levels of service. Nationwide provider of essential utilities infrastructure, GTC, has completed the UK’s first ever independent, low voltage, self connection to the upstream electricity network of a regional Distribution Network Operator (DNO). Under an industry-changing pilot scheme, GTC carried out the inaugural self connection to the upstream electricity supply on a development in Burnley. Until now, regional DNOs insisted upon being directly involved in the final network connection process, preventing Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs) from fulfilling their role as a truly independent solution. Having to rely on the DNO for the actual main connection has historically proved critical to customer service More >
  • blazing-fast broadband

    GTC launches 300Mbps as standard GTC today officially launches its fastest-ever broadband service, offering reliable speeds of 300Mbps over its Fibre-to-the-Home network. With the most recent Ofcom figures* showing that the average UK broadband speed is 17.8Mbps, GTC’s service offering for new-build properties far exceeds the ‘Superfast’ classification of 24Mbps, and significantly exceeds even the 100Mbps required to be deemed ‘Ultrafast’. Furthermore, all of GTC’s installations are Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) and do not rely on traditional copper cables for the final leg of delivery from the roadside cabinet. This means that the homeowner receives the remarkable 300Mbps broadband service for which they have paid and the housebuilder benefits from a major selling feature, which is simple and cost-effective to provide. James Bland is a homeowner at the a new development in Peterborough built by Bovis Homes and supplied with FTTH by GTC. Mr James Bland says: “The broadband speed was a factor in us buying the house. It is now vital to have reliable, high-speed communications in the home. So much of life is carried out online, be it work, banking, shopping or socialising. The fact that GTC provides Fibre-to-the-Home, means that we all receive  the same blazing-fast service, rather than anyone living further into the development suffering from reduced speeds.”    Fibre optic cables are able to offer limitless speeds of delivery. Providing FTTH means that a development is future-proofed and that homeowners will have the service to support new technologies and requirements in years to come. GTC’s FTTH solution provides customers with some of the highest available speeds, at a very competitive price.    Tom Brough, Sales and Marketing Director at GTC, says: “We provide ultrafast broadband right into each and every new home, with speeds and reliability that vastly out-perform those advertising fibre but using copper cables for the ‘last mile’ of the network. We offer a range of service packages to suit individual customers’ requirements and they can choose from one of our unlimited download options offering either 50Mbps, 100Mbps or 300Mbps speeds. This high level of service will be provided to every new property we supply.”  GTC launches 300Mbps as standard GTC today officially launches its fastest-ever broadband service, offering reliable speeds of 300Mbps over its Fibre-to-the-Home network. With the most recent Ofcom figures* showing that the average UK broadband speed is 17.8Mbps, GTC’s service offering for new-build properties far exceeds the ‘Superfast’ classification of 24Mbps, and significantly exceeds even the 100Mbps required to be deemed ‘Ultrafast’. Furthermore, all of GTC’s installations are Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) and do not rely on traditional copper cables for the final leg of delivery from the roadside cabinet. This means that the homeowner receives the remarkable 300Mbps broadband service for which More >
  • gtc milestone - 1,000th smart meter installed on our independent networks

    GTC Milestone for SMART Meters With strong incentives for all involved parties, GTC pioneered the installation of Smart capable Meters on their independent gas networks. In January 2012 GTC installed 1,000th smart meters and to date has been contracted to connect a further 7,000 smart meters, more than two years ahead of the start of the government’s mandated roll-out programme. Smart Meters have a positive environmental impact as they have the ability to make users aware of their energy consumption. Barratt Homes took advantage of this new offering and was among the first to have Smart capable gas Meters connected to GTC’s independent network, on its Dukes Park development at Bilston, Wolverhampton. Graydon Worthing, Sales Director at Barratt West Midlands, says: “We were very keen for GTC to install Smart Meters in the new homes at Bilston. Installing the meters has positive effects all round. It helps us towards credits to achieve compliance under the Code for Sustainable Homes. They enable our customers to save money on their utilities bills. And of course, it is the environmentally responsible thing to do.” Housebuilders who have appreciated the cost and efficiency of using an independent distribution gas transporter (IGT) are now able to combine these benefits with the opportunity to offer smart meters to new home-owners. Clive Linsdell, Managing Director - GTC, “Our house building customers value the greater flexibility they have with us, as an independent infrastructure provider, and we believe many of our customers will be pleased to obtain the advantages of Smart meters now rather than wait until 2014 when the programme to exchange the existing 50 million non-smart meters fitted in the UK is due to start. Benefits of SMART Meters Smart meters bring benefits to house-builders, the environment and homeowners alike: House-builders This initiative supports house-builders in meeting their obligations for building lower-carbon homes and in claiming credits towards the Code for Sustainable Homes. Housebuilders can also offer potential buyers the added value and incentive of being able to monitor and reduce their energy usage.  Environment Any reduction in usage of energy will of course have a positive impact on the environment. This is the main aim of the Government’s initiative, which hopes to change customer behavior by making users aware of their energy consumption and therefore their ability to control usage more effectively. Homeowners The two-way communication allowed by smart meters means that gas and electricity meters no longer need to be visited and read in person. The householder benefits from no more estimated bills, more flexible tariffs and the ability to see exactly how much energy is used at any given time. This enables a reduction in any power wastage, resulting in lower bills; particularly vital for the estimated 21% of households classed as being in fuel poverty (spending more than 10% of their income on fuel to maintain satisfactory heating)*GTC Milestone for SMART Meters With strong incentives for all involved parties, GTC pioneered the installation of Smart capable Meters on their independent gas networks. In January 2012 GTC installed 1,000th smart meters and to date has been contracted to connect a further 7,000 smart meters, more than two years ahead of the start of the government’s mandated roll-out programme. Smart Meters have a positive environmental impact as they have the ability to make users aware of their energy consumption. Barratt Homes took advantage of this new offering and was among the first to have Smart capable gas Meters connected to GTC’s More >
  • mulberry awards contract for all 4 utilities to gtc

    GTC has been awarded a significant contract by Mulberry Homes for its new development in Thirsk, Yorkshire. The infrastructure networks for gas, electricity, water and super-fast fibre will be installed by GTC at the 925-plot development known as Sowerby Gateway. This contract is significant because it highlights how GTC has extended its traditional utilities offering, adding market leading super-fast fibre-optic services with Broadband speeds of up to 300Mbps available to the new home owners. GTC is the only provider of new utility networks able to deliver all four essential utilities together in the UK. Mulberry has selected GTC as its preferred utilities provider for this very reason: fibre optic networks are the future-proof solution able to support ever higher speeds and well beyond 300Mbps as the requirements of 21st century life evolve during future decades. This was important to Mulberry. This future-proof solution also avoids the need for individual satellite dishes, and delivers TV and all other services via fibre cables directly into homes, neatly utilising a Fibre Integrated Reception System (FIRS) comprising a central satellite receiver and aerial array to serve the whole site. Mulberry recognises too the value of GTC’s being independent, offering flexibility of scheduling of works to suit their build programme, high-quality service and good value for money. Richard Cheeseman, Regional Sales Manager for GTC, says: "Super-fast and reliable broadband is now so important to home buyers that statistics show they are prepared to pay more for a home with fibre optic broadband and will even decide against an otherwise beautiful home if it is not serviced by super-fast broadband. We have broken the monopoly when it comes to gas and electricity connections and we now wish to support house builders with independent provision of the fastest and most reliable fibre networks."GTC has been awarded a significant contract by Mulberry Homes for its new development in Thirsk, Yorkshire. The infrastructure networks for gas, electricity, water and super-fast fibre will be installed by GTC at the 925-plot development known as Sowerby Gateway. This contract is significant because it highlights how GTC has extended its traditional utilities offering, adding market leading super-fast fibre-optic services with Broadband speeds of up to 300Mbps available to the new home owners. GTC is the only provider of new utility networks able to deliver all four essential utilities together in the UK. Mulberry has selected GTC as its More >
  • loss of electricity supply at ferrier crescent armadale bathgate edinburgh

    AB4674 - N0012607 Ferrier Crescent, Armadale, Bathgate, Edinburgh, EH48 2PJ We are currently dealing with a major fault on our network which is causing interruption to electricity supplies in the above area.  We have a team of engineers onsite to repair the damage and restore power as quickly as possible. The estimated time of restoration:  08h00 on Sunday 14/09/14 If you require further information please contact us on 0800 032 6990 and quote the above reference number. More >

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