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Many consumers in the Channel Islands look set to receive access to faster broadband speeds over the next couple of years.

Jersey Telecom's network is set to be upgraded, allowing around a quarter of all homes on the island to receive access to 20Mb broadband speeds by 2012.

At present, the maximum download capability is 8Mb, meaning homes and businesses are not able to take advantage of a full range of web services.

Consumers who currently subscribe to a broadband deal through rival internet service providers Sure and Newtel will also be able to take advantage of the infrastructure upgrade.

Graeme Millar, Chief Executive Officer of the Jersey Telecom Group, said: "Islanders will be hearing more and more of this type of announcement in the coming months, as the considerable investment which [we have] made in the Island's infrastructure is realised.

"By 2012 more than half of local households will be able to achieve between 15 and 20Mb speeds."

Sure recently announced plans to bring 16Mb mobile broadband services to another British Isles outpost – the Isle of Man. 

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