JT’s Books for Tablets campaign has ended for the year, with primary school pupils making a huge effort collecting over 8,000 telephone directories to be recycled and receiving over 50 tablets in return.
A total of 25 local Primary schools took part in this year’s campaign, which aims to reduce waste and teach children about the importance of recycling. For every 150 directories a school collects, JT donated a tablet – which are pupil-friendly, touch-screen devices that provide internet access and education apps in a safe and secure environment.
St Peter’s Primary School were top of the leader board, collecting 1,425 directories and receiving nine new tablets from JT. St Lawrence Primary School were second, collecting 680 books in exchange for four tablets. St Christopher’s Preparatory School were third, collecting 608 directories and also receiving four tablets in return.
St Peter’s Primary School Head Teacher Sam Dixon said: “We are delighted to receive our tablets from JT. These will greatly enhance the learning opportunities for our children. Thanks to our School Eco team, all our parents, pupils and the wider community for their fantastic recycling efforts.”
Tamara O’Brien, JT’s Head of Marketing, Brand and Distribution, said: “JT is an Eco-Active Business and we take our responsibility to the environment seriously. As well as the Books for Tablets campaign, we also encourage households to recycle their directories at drop-off points around the Island. Our customers tell us that the directory is still an invaluable resource and I’m pleased that it is also a useful tool to teach the next generation about sustainability.”
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Photograph: Tablets being donated to St Peter’s primary school during assembly.
Gigabit Jersey – JT’s project that will soon see every home and business in the Island connected directly to super-fast broadband – has been shortlisted in the world’s premier awards for the telecoms industry.
The Gigabit Jersey project began in 2012 and over 94%* of broadband services have now been directly connected to the fibre network. It means that Jersey is now ranked first in the world in terms of percentage of broadband services with a full-fibre connection to broadband.
It will also allow the Island to become the first in the world to completely replace its ageing copper wire network – which has served the telecoms industry well for over a century – with fast, reliable and secure fibre-optic cables.
Now in its fifth year, the Global Telecoms Awards celebrates a broad range of global accolades, which sees JT shortlisted in the Fixed Network Evolution category of the awards, against some big players from around the globe.
JT Chief Executive Officer Graeme Millar said: “When we began the Gigabit Jersey project, some people were understandably cautious and questioned whether it was necessary for the Island. However, we knew then that device use and bandwidth would grow, in line with more and more services being delivered digitally, and I’m pleased that the Global Telecoms Awards judges have recognised the importance of our insight and investment in full-fibre connectivity by this shortlisting. The need for fibre is now evident publically and I’m so glad we made the decision early on – we’re now in the fortunate position where major UK operators are trying to catch up.”
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*Figures correct as of September 2017