All of Guernsey to receive full fibre broadband by 2026

Local ISP Sure will start work on a new gigabit-capable network in April next year.

All homes and businesses in Guernsey will receive access to full fibre broadband by 2026. 

ISP and mobile network operator Sure has announced a £37.5 million investment to rollout a new gigabit-capable network to 30,000 premises across the island. 

The local government, The States of Guernsey, has approved the project and agreed to supply up to £12.5 million of funding. 

At present, a 100Mbps fibre-to-the-cabinet network is used to supply internet to the vast majority of residents.

A commercial pilot for the scheme involving a small number of homes is already underway with the first official phase of the project set to begin in April 2022. 

“This exciting announcement will underpin Guernsey’s digital infrastructure and economy for decades to come,” said Alistair Beak, CEO of the Sure Group.

 “As well as boosting long term economic growth, Sure will be creating in the region of 75 additional jobs and directing the vast majority of the £37.5m spend through local suppliers.”

“The partial funding from the States of Guernsey will have a significant impact in ensuring island wide coverage and an accelerated roll out within five years."

"We’re truly building a network that’s going to make a difference for everyone in Guernsey – and we’re proud to be connecting the community for a better future.”

This rollout will bring Guernsey in line with its neighbour Jersey who completed the rollout of a £40 million gigabit-capable full fibre network in 2018.

Source: ISPreview

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