Successfully providing an ultra-fast 100G network to the Channel Islands and Isle of Man

In 2020, Sure, the leading telecommunications provider across the Channel Islands and Isle of Man awarded technology provider Telent with a major project to upgrade its core network.

Sure wanted to increase capacity, reliability, speed and security to enhance its consumer, enterprise and wholesale propositions within and between its core network locations.

UK and European connectivity to the Channel Islands and Isle of Man is crucial for Sure’s enterprise business customers in sectors including financial technology, gaming, betting and offshore finance. With the islands’ unique industry and commerce driving the requirement for advanced communications services, having high capacity and resilient network access is paramount.

Sub-sea fibre optic cables are subject to damage from shipping, and this is particularly apparent in the English Channel, due to high levels of shipping. Indeed, another Channel Island telecommunications operator lost most of its UK connectivity in 2016 due to such an event.

Sure’s policy however is to maintain full off-island capacity to the UK across no less than three independent physical routes from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man. Sure chose Telent to help future-proof that policy.

Telent’s Sure solution

With all of this in mind, Sure chose to work with Telent due to the company’s expertise in designing, building, supporting and managing the UK’s critical digital infrastructure. The project entailed major capacity upgrades and crucial security enhancements to replace the existing equipment in the Sure network. Telent has extensive experience in network management, and it was well placed to deliver these services to the highest quality. The project would deliver an enhanced network design with increased capacity, resiliency, flexibility and security to enable Sure to deliver advanced, world-class services to its customers and wholesale partners.

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