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Jersey And Guernsey To Get Fibre Optic Broadband Upgrade

Guernsey and Jersey are set to receive significant upgrades to their broadband network that could see the average broadband speed doubling by December 2012.

According to ISP Review, Jersey will receive a major broadband upgrade between December 2010 to December 2011.

The upgrade, which is a part of Jersey Telecom Group's Next Generation Network investment, will raise the existing average broadband speed from 8 Mbps to up to 20 Mbps.

The Jersey Telecom Group, which also has presence in Guernsey, plans to investment £11 million on upgrading the telecom infrastructure on both the islands. The company plans to distribute the funds for development of the broadband network from 2011 to 2016.

The ISP is also upgrading the fibre optics-based network on Guernsey, aiming to provide residents with one of the fastest broadband networks in the world.

Graeme Millar, the CEO of the Jersey Telecom said: “By following this strategy there is a huge opportunity for us to make the Channel Islands into a world class telecommunications hub for Europe, with all the benefit that will flow from that in terms of new opportunities for our staff, and greater economic return to the Islands.”