Jersey to see ADSL running flat-out
Jersey has a population of around 89,300 people who look set to benefit from ADSL upgrades that Jersey Telecom is planning to carry out in 2008. The island currently has a maximum connection speed of 2Mbps for its ADSL products, with the price varying according to your level of usage.
The upgrade work mentioned on BBC News hints at speeds of 8MB, which we presume to mean 8 Mega bits per second (Mbps) and will make use of rate adaptive ADSL as used in the UK and around the world.
The 20GB usage allowance for £17.99 compares favourably with the usage levels for similarly priced products across the UK. Whether the price will increase for the up to 8Mbps products is unknown.
While headline speeds look like they may quadruple, just as ADSL2+ adverts appear to offer speeds double or triple what ADSL provides in the UK, it is important to remember that increases like this will only occur on the shortest lines. With ADSL in the UK around 25% of lines connect at 8Mbps and as the length of the telephone line increases the connection speed drops off.