Our History

JT have over 120 years’ experience in telecommunications.

JT's rich history goes back to 1895.

1895 The first telephone exchange is opened in Jersey by the National Telephone Company
1910 There is one telephone for every 49 people in the island
1912 The Jersey exchange network is taken over by the British Post Office
1923 The exchange is brought by the States of Jersey and named the States Telephone Committee. There are 14 mechanical Magneto exchanges and many miles of overhead lines servicing 1500 customers
1926 The first Central Battery exchange is built in Minden Place
1931 The first link with the UK telephone network is established using part of a pre First World War German transatlantic cable which had been diverted in 1914 when it provided a telegraph link
1940-1945

During the occupation of the Channel Islands all communications with the outside world are stopped. The German army take over many of the lines and cables but the civilian exchanges are allowed to continue to operate.

One local technician is permanently assigned to the German army but the rest of the staff are allowed to pursue their normal work maintaining the local telephone system. A reasonable standard of service is maintained for much of this time, however, towards the end, the electricity power supply is restricted meaning that the Battery exchanges have to close. During the occupation the number of connected customers falls by 2,000 due to residents leaving the islands and the occupation forces requisitioning lines.
1948 The number of customers increases to nearly 10,000 which results in an average of 130,000 local calls per week
1949-1955 A process of modernisation takes place to replace the Magneto exchanges in the country areas with Central Battery Exchanges
1954 A new Trunk Exchanges is opened at Minden Place which provides 18 circuits to and from London, 22 circuits to and from Bristol, 8 to Guernsey and 2 to Rennes in France.
1958 Jersey’s first automatic Strowger exchange comes into operation with a capacity for 9,000 lines. An extensive external development programme follows and a great number of overhead lines are replaced with underground cables.
1966 Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is introduced which means most UK calls can now be dialled directly instead of going through the operator.
1975 Automatic exchanges are commissioned at the East and North of the island.  These are the Crossbar type and enable tone dialling which leads to the introduction of telephones with keypads instead of a dial.
1976 West PRX (Processor Reed Exchange) exchange opened in early 1976. International Subscriber Dialling (ISD) is introduced enabling local customers to dial direct to over 26 countries.
1979 Jersey’s first Radio Paging network is established with 600 pages issued in the first year of operation
1980's Many new services are introduced throughout the 80’s.  The most significant being the introduction of System X Digital Exchanges island wide.  This computer controlled system has been developed for BT and has the advantage of allowing Jersey to be completely compatible with the UK network. Microwave links are put in place between Jersey and both the UK and France to ensure that communications links can be maintained in the unlikely event of a breakdown of the main cable.
1983 The 60,000th telephone is connected
1987 Jersey Telecom’s first analogue mobile network service is introduced in collaboration with Cellnet UK. Over 3,000 customers are using the service before JT introduce it’s own digital GSM network at the end of 1994
1989 The first fibre optic cable between Guernsey and England is introduced
1994 A second fibre optic cable is put in place running from Jersey to the UK.  This cable is still the longest unrepeated optical cable in the world. Together both cables carry more than 32,000 simultaneous calls
2002 Jersey Telecom announces the launch of Wave Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary operating as a new telecoms provider in Guernsey.
2003

On 1st January 2003 the Telecommunications (Jersey) Law 2002 comes into force in its entirety. On that date, the operational activities of the Telecommunications Board were incorporated and Jersey Telecom Limited commenced business under an entirely different regulatory regime.

The Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority is now responsible, through its licensing activities, for ensuring that both current and prospective demands for telecommunications services are provided.

2004 16% of Jersey Households have Broadband and JT launch its first wireless hotspots.
2005 Jersey Telecom opens a world-class data centre.
2006

Freedom service improved for our customers reducing the SIM pack price to 39.99 and offering 25% extra free on £20 top up cards for promotional periods.

The JT shop moves to 18 Queen Street on the high street and announce a two year sponsorship of Jersey Live.

The JCRA require all operators to put in place Mobile Number Portability.

The Jersey Telecom Group announces plans for a new £7m submarine fibre optic cable that will connect the Channel Islands' telecommunications infrastructure to global networks.

Jersey Telecom quadruple the speed of its standard broadband service to a new standard download speed of 2Mb.
2007 The Board of Jersey Telecom Group Ltd supports the proposition by the Treasury and Resources Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, that the Company should be sold. However, it was decided later in the year that the company would not be sold.
2008 JT launch new online billing system and is the first operator to launch the new Apple iPhone.
2009 JT start a new 8M/bits Broadband trial and gains a new chariman.
2010 Jersey Telecom complete acquisition of rival operator Newtel Guernsey and announce eKit.com acquisition.JT initiate first residential Gigabit broadband connection in Europe at two residential developments in Jersey.
2011 Jersey Telecom introduced the CI’s fastest mobile broadband of 14.4Mb
Jersey Telecom introduced The Cloud WiFi in the Channel Islands including access on some Connex bus routes
Jersey Telecom re-brands to JT.
2012

JT aquires major London based company, Worldstone.
Wave Telecom and JT combined to operate under one name JT.
JT launch island wide 'Gigabit Jersey' project.  

 2013

JT achieves Broadband World Forum recognition for 'Gigabit Jersey'.
JT aquires Jersey Voucher and launched JTRewards.com.
JT connect first school in Jersey to Gigabit Broadband.  

2014

JT data centres become SOC (Service Organisation Certification) certified.
JT's 10,000th customer is connected to fibre.
Jersey's first 4G mobile network is launched by JT.

2015

Jersey hosts the NatWest Island Games, powered by JT.
JT reaches the milestone of 10 years sponsoring Jersey Live. 
JT's 4G Network is completed, the first in Jersey. 
JT celebrates it's millionth subscriber to their network.

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    Part of the Channel Islands, Jersey lies 100miles south of Great Britain




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