Cable & Wireless brings VDSL service to Guernsey

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) on Tuesday launched a new VDSL-capable broadband service on the island of Guernsey with Sure, its Channel Islands subsidiary.

Eligible customers on the island will be able to get speeds up to 40/2 Mbps. This is an increase over its previously highest speed offering of 16 Mbps.

After upgrading its network to support VDSL, CWC said the new service is currently available to about three quarters of island homes and businesses with plans to extend it throughout the island.

Broadband has been a hot seller for CWC and Sure. Over the past year, Sure has upped broadband revenue in Guernsey by 6 percent.

The service provider's broadband network is supported by two submarine fiber cables that connect Guernsey to the U.K. and France and which were built as part of the £6.5 million ($10.4 million) Project HUGO initiative it completed in 2006. HUGO has a direct connection to CWC's global IP network infrastructure.

Although it did not reveal the vendor or the timeline of completing the deployment on the rest of the island, CWC's Sure is the latest service provider to take the VDSL network upgrade route.

Their deployment comes on the heels of ongoing activity in nearby U.K. with BT and various other European service providers, including TeliaSonera, TDC Denmark and Belgacom.

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