Broadband speeds ‘quadrupled ‘in last year – 3FM

Broadband speeds on Island have quadrupled in the last twelve months, according to recently published figures.

Statistics from and gathered by M-Lab say in the last year speeds have gone from 11.04Mbps to 44.16Mbps.

It means the Isle of Man has jumped up in worldwide rankings from 63rd to 40th for 2019-20, which puts it above the UK and Ireland.

Reliable, fast and secure local broadband services were a key part of the National Telecommunications Strategy unveiled by the Department for Enterprise in 2018.

Government officials say the latest figures highlight the efforts being made to improve the Island’s connectivity just a month after the Department announced it was accelerating its roll-out for ultrafast broadband Island-wide through the Economic Recovery Programme.

They add the acceleration will see high-speed broadband services reach 75 per cent of homes within three years.

CEO of Digital Isle of Man, Lyle Wraxall, says: “Keeping our Island connected and providing a platform for the Isle of Man Government to deliver its digital services is an absolute priority as we rebuild after COVID-19. It also aids local businesses to grow and develop.

“It further promotes more widespread remote working, which has been proven over recent months to be not just required, but essential to the way we work.

“To see these figures rising significantly is not only heartening but tangible evidence of the efforts being made to deliver ultrafast fibre broadband to every home and business.”

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