Sky Broadband has signed an agreement with British Telecom in order to use its duct-and-pole services, the first ISP to do so.
According to reports, this move by the company was taken with the view of facilitating itself with a solid ground, from which it can deploy its own fibre network across the country quite easily.
However, the deal between British Telecom and Sky is only valid for three months and is entirely for trial purposes.
BT Openreach product director Fergus Crockett said in a statement, "This trial will allow us to field-test the processes involved in allowing others to use our duct and pole infrastructure and build upon the accuracy of our assumptions before we launch the product commercially," reports The Telegraph (opens in new tab).
Call Flow has signed with BT for a similar kind of three month trial deal which will provide it with an assessment of the costs of shaping up a NGA (Next Generation Access) Network using the existing infrastructure owned by BT.
Whether or not other major ISPs are interested in following suit is uncertain, but a number of major companies including Fujitsu, Virgin Media, TalkTalk have raised some serious questions about the current cost-structure of BT’s planned duct and pole sharing model.