THE first stage in a major upgrade to the island’s communication network has been completed in Laxey.
The project by Manx Telecom to transfer the entire island’s fixed, mobile and broadband network to a new system converging voice calls, data, television and video on to a single network started before Christmas.
Stage two began in Peel on March 10 and will take until the end of the month to complete and the entire programme should be finished by the end of the year.
Project manager Jason Moffatt said: ‘To have started and completed Laxey exchange has been a major milestone for the migration team, the NGN programme and Manx Telecom.
‘The first day coincided with the first significant snowfall in the island. However, that did not deter the team, even though access to the exchange was best made on foot.’
Mr Moffatt said the work in Laxey took 600 hours to complete and more than three miles of wiring was used. As a result, more than 1,700 customers are now on the new network.
The project, called the Next Generation Network (or NGN) programme is costing £25m and will involve transferring more than 55,000 fixed lines on to the new system.
Each customer will be notified by letter when their changeover is to take place. Notice will also be given in the media.
Work on the scheme will normally take place between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday, with each line being taken out of service for a maximum of five minutes.
For more information visit www.manxtelecom.com/ngn