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Homes and businesses in Jersey are being given the opportunity to sign up for fibre broadband services for the first time.

Government-owned broadband provider JT has launched its fibre trial in the Channel Islands, as a precursor to a wider rollout in Jersey, reports the BBC.

At present, just 24 households have access to super-fast fibre broadband services, but JT hopes to increase this number to 500 in the coming weeks.

And within five years, all 42,000 households in Jersey may gain access to fibre broadband, allowing them to fully capitalise on online services.

Ultimately, the fibre broadband network could deliver download speeds up to 1Gb.

Graeme Millar, Chief Executive at JT, said it will take time to replace Jersey's copper network cables with fibre, as a phased rollout is necessary in order to minimise disruption.

"Thankfully when we laid the copper, we did it in such a way as to make it as easy as possible to replace, which will help to keep that disruption to a minimum," he stated.

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