Sky and TalkTalk have started connecting customers in York to a new FTTH network they have built alongside joint venture partner Cityfibre.

The network, which was built as an alternative to BT Openreach’s FTTC architecture, aims to bring pure fibre connectivity to more than 20,000 premises.

It has passed more than 1,800 homes in the city to date.

Sky, which said subscribers to the service would be able to receive speeds of up to 940 Mbps, has yet to reveal details of its commercial offering.

However TalkTalk, which connected its first customer last week, announced in June that its service would be called “Ultra Fibre Optic”, with prices starting at £21.70 a month.

Commercial sales will begin in January, but it has not marketed the exact speed it will be offering.

Dido Harding, TalkTalk Chief Executive, said: “Ultra Fibre Optic will truly transform the broadband experience in York and we’ve been blown away by the local support.”

The news comes as both companies call for the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to undertake a full market investigation into Openreach.

[Read more: BT unveils raft of broadband pledges in Openreach charm offensive]

Lyssa McGowan, Director of Sky Broadband, said: “As Ofcom continues its review of the broadband market, we believe that trials like this are a valuable demonstration of the alternative technologies now available.

“With the right conditions for investment and innovation, consumers and businesses could benefit from more ultrafast connections across the UK.”

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