2017 Directory Front Cover
Coins featured on the directory cover were unearthed in 2012, when two local men discovered a treasure of 2,000-year-old compacted gold, silver and copper coins and jewellery in a field in Grouville. The hoard has since been disassembled and is now on display at La Hougue Bie.
At the same time as the discovery, JT launched its ‘Gigabit Jersey’ project – replacing its long standing copper network with fibre-optic cables running directly to all homes and businesses in Jersey. Five years later, over 70% of properties now enjoy super-fast broadband running down reliable and scalable fibre, and the project is due to be completed in 2018.
To illustrate this hugely significant development, which puts Jersey third in the world in terms of jurisdictions with households connected directly to fibre, JT commissioned glass worker and Genuine Jersey Member Glyn Burton to create a piece of art in glass, which is the main component of a fibre optic cable.
His ornate work, overlaid on the cover by ancient coins from the hoard, demonstrates the beauty and versatility of glass. The contrasting images sit under the headline: “Years on, and we still bury our most valuable possessions”.
JT Chief Executive Officer Graeme Millar said: “In terms of historical significance, connecting all homes and businesses directly to fibre is genuinely comparable to the discovery of the Coin Hoard and we wanted to make that link. In years to come, I have no doubt that this investment by JT and the States of Jersey will be one that brings the Island new opportunities and prosperity.”
JT would like to thank Mr Burton, the Genuine Jersey Products Association and Jersey Heritage for their help in the cover design.
The directory will be delivered to all homes and businesses in Jersey over the coming weeks. Copies are also available at JT’s store in Queen Street
Local filmmaker Callum Thorne has created a short video to tell this story Click here to view.