WIGHTFIBRE COMPLETES THEIR BIG COPPER STOP 10 YEARS AHEAD OF THE REST OF THE UK – Island Echo

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WightFibre announced the completion of its Big Copper Switch-off on Thursday (August 25) – 10 years ahead of the rest of the UK.

WightFibre has operated a hybrid fibre-coaxial (cable) network on the Isle of Wight since 2001 and in 2018 began rolling out a new full fiber network on the island. Earlier this year, the last cable customers were upgraded to the new network.

Over the summer, the last phone-only customers were upgraded, eventually decommissioning the old copper network.

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The entire network is now fully optical right down to the customer’s premises. Each home has its own dedicated fiber optic cables – no sharing with neighbors – delivering world-class broadband speeds.

John Irvine, CEO of WightFibre, said:

“Our big copper shutdown was a major undertaking. For most customers, the migration to full fiber went smoothly – their existing analog phones and devices are supported on the new network with the notable exception of rotary phones – fortunately there are none. were only a few.

“A small number of customers with very old alarm systems have had to upgrade their alarm systems as these are incompatible with full fiber. With business customers, this has extended to some older credit card devices and dial-up fax machines.

“Overall, the process went quite well. Our customers love the new network, faster speeds and much improved reliability. »

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