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Fibre provider selected for Isle of Man £10m National Broadband Plan works

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The Department for Enterprise has selected its preferred supplier, with designated fibre provider status, to deliver the Island’s National Broadband Plan. This is as outlined in the National Telecoms Strategy, which was approved in October 2018.

Manx Telecom has been chosen to undertake the delivery of wholesale ultra-fast fibre-to-the-premises broadband in nine intervention zones across the Island. These zones are all considered difficult to reach areas, meaning that high speed broadband services has not historically been commercially viable.

Minister for Enterprise, Laurence Skelly MHK, said: ‘As has been witnessed with the current global situation, it is an absolute necessity to have a strong telecoms infrastructure now more than ever. The Isle of Man Government is determined to support the development of a telecoms infrastructure that is fully inclusive and meets the needs of both businesses and the public, now and into the future.

‘I am delighted to see that the process to roll-out the National Broadband Plan will accelerate the delivery of fibre broadband around the island, continuing to support the businesses and individuals as we adapt and persevere through this rapidly changing situation. This roll-out will give the majority of the Island’s residents more opportunity to access fast, reliable internet.’

Gary Lamb, CEO at Manx Telecom added: ‘The company has already invested heavily in fibre broadband infrastructure and, by the end of 2019, its fibre network was within reach of 10,000 premises on the island. The Isle of Man Government has rightly recognised that a world-class telecommunications infrastructure is vital to meet the needs of businesses and the general public, encouraging economic growth and social inclusion. We look forward to working together on this project that will future-proof the Island’s telecoms for years to come and enable us all to take advantage of emerging digital developments.’

The plan is due to be completed within five years and deliver a new fibre network passing 99 per cent of residential and business premises with speeds of up to 1Gb/s. 

 

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