Sure Guernsey has announced that its fibre broadband project has moved into the commercial launch phase following the completion of a successful pilot programme that CEO Justin Bellinger said had ‘gone better than ever imagined’.
According to the operator, the pilot phase had given it time to plan a wider-scale rollout project, test equipment and infrastructure, and train engineers so that every home in the Bailiwick can be connected in the most effective way over the next five years. Sure noted that during the pilot phase around 2,000 premises had gained access to its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure, while looking ahead it said the next stage of the project will see it accelerate the rate of deployment, as it aims to pass around 700 new premises each month.
In terms of its ultimate goal, Sure has set out its stall to complete the FTTP rollout by the end of 2026, by which date all 30,000 premises in Guernsey will have access to its fibre network. A total of GBP37.5 million (USD48.8 million) will be spent on the project, of which up to GBP12.5 million is being provided by the States of Guernsey, with the remainder being invested by Sure itself.