Double shortlisting in telecoms ‘Oscars’ for Jersey’s full-fibre network

Jersey’s full-fibre network has earned the Island a place on the shortlist of the 21st annual World Communication Awards.

The successful completion of JT’s Gigabit Jersey project has been shortlisted in both the ‘Best Network Transformation Initiative’ and the ‘Broadband Pioneer’ categories of the distinguished awards, which will be presented at a ceremony in London at the end of October. The shortlisting sees JT joins some of the biggest names in the telecoms industry across the world – including BT, TalkTalk and O2. This in itself is a significant tribute to the talented and diverse team at JT that have worked to deliver this project from the beginning.

The shortlisting recognises the commitment made by JT’s teams to the island to deliver a reliable, high speed full-fibre network which would benefit the entire community. It has already paved the way for new business start-ups, contributed to the growth of Jersey’s digital sector and supported expansion of the finance industry, as well as opened the door to new ways of learning in our schools and enabled householders to embrace smart technology in their homes.

Graeme Millar, JT’s CEO, said: “A year on from the completion of this landmark project we can begin to assess the longer-term benefit that full-fibre is having for Jersey. Many of the advantages of a full-fibre network are now a reality. The network has had a truly transformative effect on Jersey’s position as a world leader in connectivity and innovation.

“The success of Jersey’s full-fibre network is down to the hard work and dedication of all those who worked on the project over the years. Together, we have created a legacy for Jersey and contributed to the current and future success of our Island economy and generations to come, which we’re all very proud of.”

Amy Bryant, Deputy CEO, Jersey Finance said: “Jersey’s ability to harness technological innovations lies not just in its community of skilled professionals but also in its world class infrastructure and digital capability. Advances in the internet of things (IoT), blockchain, fintech, cryptocurrencies and artificial intelligence depend on a fast and reliable connection and JT’s full-fibre network has provided that backbone to take them forward.”

Over 550 telecom companies, representing over 35 countries, are taking part in World Communications Awards 2019 and the winners of the 25 award categories will be announced at a ceremony in the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London, on 30 October 2019.



National Coding Week Guernsey

Coding across the generations

Take a robotic ball, an adult, a child and a smartphone and you have the perfect recipe for an exciting coding workshop with a difference during the 2019 National Coding Week, sponsored by JT.

This year, JT is providing a FREE coding workshop for budding techno families, called ‘JT Generations Code Together’ at the Digital Greenhouse. This workshop is designed to bring adults and children together for a few hours to share their different skills and, in the process, learn how to programme an app-enabled robotic ball called a Sphero BOLT.

The interactive session has been specially planned with step-by-step guides for pairs of one child (aged 8 – 13 years) and one adult (no age limit) each to take part in. During the free two-hour session, which will be led by Jersey Coders expert Mentor Colin King, the pairs will complete a series of challenges which may include navigation, IR (infrared) communication and direct interaction between the Spheros.

Paul Taylor, Managing Director, JT (Guernsey) said: “National Coding Week always presents a great opportunity to inspire and inform through raising awareness of coding. This year we wanted to take this ideal opportunity to get generations of families to partner and share skills with each other, in a fun digital learning environment. Many adults have not grown up with technology the way their children and grand-children have, so part of our intention is to unravel some of the mysteries of coding in a friendly and jargon-free environment. At JT we’re keen to help more people to use and understand digital technology, as we have one of the best digital infrastructures in the world – which in turn benefits the whole community and encourages the digital leaders of our future.”

National Coding Week founder, Richard Rolfe, said: “It has always been our aim to encourage schools and businesses to deliver events which showcase innovation and give people an insight into how digital technology is influencing their lives and how they can use it. The JT Generations Code Together sessions are a fun way to demonstrate the latest digital capability using a fantastic learning tool which will appeal to all age groups. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank JT for their constant efforts in bringing our digital community together, this is the 5th year JT have sponsored the annual event, supporting us since we began in 2014”.

Lucy Kirby of Digital Greenhouse said “building coding skills is a vital asset for our island’s future generation and building understanding amongst the current generations of adults is equally important.  It’s great to see JT arranging events like this alongside National Coding week.”

The session take place from 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday 16 September at Digital Greenhouse. Places on the JT Generations Code Together session can be applied for online at www.jtglobal.com/ncw and are limited so we encourage islanders to register their interest fast.

More information about getting involved can be found on the National Coding Week website.



National Coding Week Jersey

Coding across the generations

Take a robotic ball, an adult, a child and a smartphone and you have the perfect recipe for an exciting coding workshop with a difference during the 2019 National Coding Week, sponsored by JT.

This year, JT is providing two FREE coding workshops for budding techno families, called ‘JT Generations Code Together’.  These workshops are designed to bring adults and children together for a few hours to share their different skills and, in the process, learn how to programme an app-enabled robotic ball called a Sphero BOLT.

Two exciting and interactive sessions have been specially planned with step-by-step guides for pairs of one child (aged 8 – 13 years) and one adult (no age limit) each to take part in. During the free two-hour session, which will be led by Jersey Coders expert Mentor Colin King, the pairs will complete a series of challenges which may include navigation, IR (infrared) communication and direct interaction between the Spheros.

Tamara O Brien, JT‘s Head of Customer Experience said: “National Coding Week always presents a great opportunity to inspire and inform through raising awareness of coding. This year we wanted to take this ideal opportunity to get generations of families to partner and share skills with each other, in a fun digital learning environment. Many adults have not grown up with technology the way their children and grand-children have, so part of our intention is to unravel some of the mysteries of coding in a friendly and jargon-free environment. At JT we’re keen to help more people to use and understand digital technology, as we have one of the best digital infrastructures in the world – which in turn benefits the whole community and encourages the digital leaders of our future.”

National Coding Week founder, Richard Rolfe, said: “It has always been our aim to encourage schools and businesses to deliver events which showcase innovation and give people an insight into how digital technology is influencing their lives and how they can use it. The JT Generations Code Together sessions are a fun way to demonstrate the latest digital capability using a fantastic learning tool which will appeal to all age groups. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank JT for their constant efforts in bringing our digital community together, this is the 5th year JT have sponsored the annual event, supporting us since we began in 2014”.

With Digital Jersey’s new Academy opening during September digital skills are firmly on the agenda so we expect these sessions to fill fast.  Tony Moretta, CEO, Digital Jersey said “building coding skills is a vital asset for our island’s future generation and building understanding amongst the current generations of adults is equally important.  It’s great to see JT arranging events like this alongside National Coding week.”

The sessions take place from 6 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday 17 September at Digital Jersey Hub and Thursday 19 September at the Digital Exchange in St Brelade. Places on the JT Generations Code Together sessions can be applied for online at www.jtglobal.com/NCW and are limited so we encourage islanders to register their interest fast.

More information about getting involved can be found on the National Coding Week website.



JT Rewards Guernsey, the guilt free way to treat yourself to an island staycation

With exclusive deals, money off discounts and offers on local restaurants, hotels and overnight stays NEW JT Rewards is on its way, offering Islanders a fantastic variety of special deals and great savings from a range of well-known local businesses.

Islanders are being invited to sign up to JT Rewards ahead of its official launch on Friday 6 September to be able to receive weekly deals, offering massive savings of up to 70% off hotels and restaurants. The weekly deals will be listed on the JT Rewards Facebook and Instagram pages, where people can sign up for a weekly email notification bringing all the latest deals direct to them. Plus, for JT customers there will also be extra, exclusive discounts.

To celebrate the launch, every new subscriber to JT Rewards, signing up before Thursday 5 September will have a chance to win an amazing £3,000 TUI travel voucher giving a lucky winner the family holiday of a lifetime.

JT’s Dominic Vye, Head of Digital Services said: “JT Rewards is something that our customers have consistently said they want, and Guernsey businesses have been really keen to get on board. Our Rewards have been hugely successful in Jersey for many years and we’re delighted that everyone in Guernsey will now have the opportunity to access exclusive deals for local restaurants and hotels.

“JT Rewards is a really easy way for local companies to reach a wider audience. We have an amazing team of people working hard to secure the biggest exclusive offers. Among the businesses who have partnered with JT Rewards are Handpicked Hotels – a long-standing Jersey rewards partner – who will be offering some great deals at St Pierre Park Hotel.”

Emma Knights, Deputy General Manager, St Pierre Park Hotel said: “We are looking forward to promoting the many ways in which islanders can enjoy the St Pierre Park as much as our visitors do, whether that is a treatment at our spa, a romantic meal or an overnight staycation. JT Rewards has already proved to be a very successful and popular way for us to promote deals and reach out to new customers.”

The aim of JT Rewards is to support local businesses by promoting their products or services to islanders and this year there will be a bumper campaign of offers for the Christmas season for those who sign up.

People can sign up online at https://www.jtrewards.com/guernsey/  and find more information on our JT Rewards Facebook page.



About JT

5G – Jersey and Guernsey test sites

The following statement has been released on behalf of JT:

“JT announced today that it has launched a 5G test site in Jersey and a 5G test site in Guernsey, following receipt of a licence to do so from CICRA in March 2019 and in line with a commitment announced in November 2018. The test will provide important technical and planning information to support JT’s forthcoming applications for a licence to extend its leading 2G/3G/4G networks towards 5G, once the process for doing so is announced by CICRA.”

More information about the 5G network for JT customers >



Appy achievement for JT

JT’s My Account app is in the running for one of this year’s top digital awards, having shortlisted in the Best App category in the UK Digital Experience Awards 2019 (UKDXA).

Judged by a panel of independent international business professionals, against a strict criteria endorsed by Cranfield School of Management, the awards recognise how leading-edge technology and solutions can improve customer’s experience.

The ‘JT My Account’ free app was built locally in-house, by JT’s team of software developers following customer insight gained from focus groups and from JT’s customer insight panel. From this JT identified an opportunity and demand for a unique app which would provide JT customers with a way of managing their services and viewing their bills on mobile devices giving them the freedom and flexibility to monitor, track and control their usage on the go, when and where they needed to.

The aim is to take complex billing information, including a large range of pricing packages in a simple and easy-to-use way – designed and built in a highly scalable and responsive way to ensure customers can use it securely.

The app, which is the only one of its kind in the Channel Islands, allows JT customers to personalise their accounts, set up a roaming ‘bolt on,’ and even create data usage alerts to give them access to real-time information.  The ability to tailor services, add value options and stay in control means JT’s customers are aware of usage and if needed can change services to suit their situation wherever they are. The free app has been downloaded over 40,000 times with over 55% of JT customers now using it daily. Since its launch in 2015 the design and functionality has grown significantly, thanks to customer feedback and new technology it now includes a ‘live chat’ facility which lets customers interact directly with the JT team to resolve queries faster than ever before and even log faults.

Dominic Vye, Head of Commercial Development, Customer Management and Digital Services at JT commented: “The team and I are so pleased to have our app shortlisted for this prestigious award, putting us side by side with many leading tech companies across the UK. Since the deployment of high-speed networks, mobile and internet usage has massively increased, and customers want a quick, easy and reliable way to manage their services. This shortlist is testament to great teamwork between our customers and our development team and encourages us to continue to invest in similar services as part of JT’s ‘digital first’ policy of tech innovation. With a single aim of helping our customers access JT’s products in the easiest way, when where and how they want to.”

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JT Living Wage Employer

JT accredited as living wage employer

Caritas Jersey has recognised JT’s commitment as a living wage employer with the presentation of a plaque at the company’s Forum headquarters.

JT is Jersey’s first large-scale commercial organisation to become a Living Wage Employer, ensuring that all its employees in the Channel Islands and around the globe are paid a fair wage for their work.

In Jersey JT employs over 400 people, and over 600 worldwide. The company’s pledge to provide access to a fair wage across its jurisdictions has been welcomed by Caritas Executive Director John Scally. “JT has set a great example as a large organisation which fully understands the value of its employees and is committed to working with the community to help eradicate poverty in Jersey. The living wage is a two-way street, supporting the community and supporting better business practice. Having valued and respected employees mean that businesses benefit from lower absenteeism, lower turnover and better service from their teams,” said Mr Scally.

The government’s minimum wage rate is separate to the living wage which is an hourly rate calculated by the Living Wage Foundation to cover the basic essentials of living, like housing, food and transport and the aim of the Caritas campaign is to raise people out of poverty by working with local employers.

JT Group HR Director, Nicola Reeves, said: “JT prides itself on being a responsible employer, we have supported Caritas since the Living Wage was formed and this recognition is our step to ensuring that people who live and work in Jersey have access to a wage which covers their basic needs, starting with our own people. We really hope that other Jersey employers across all industries recognise the worth of this campaign and more importantly the value and welfare of their employees which in turn will benefit our community as a whole.”

Today, over 2,500 employers throughout the UK and the Channel Islands display the Living Wage Employers Mark. In April 2019 Caritas announced a living wage rate for Jersey of £10.55.

Companies wanting to know more about becoming a living wage employer can find out more on the Caritas Jersey Living Wage Project website.

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The Big JT Together Street Party

Together Street Party celebrates the joining of new life and old connection

To celebrate the reconnection of the Old Quarter to the heart of St Peter Port, JT have joined forces with Bailiwick Estates and Market Buildings to host the Together Street Party on Saturday 6 July.

This free, family-orientated community summer party will also include the many superb restaurants, cafes and retailers located inside The Market Buildings, in Mill Street and the surrounding pedestrian area.

From 2pm a huge range of Guernsey’s finest entertainers and musicians will bring new life to Market Place and The Old Quarter, and in keeping with the old meets new theme there will be stilt walkers, Punch and Judy, roaming magicians, carousel rides, face painters and much more. JT’s popular Tiki Hut will bring a festival feel to the area and there will be a unique ‘Creation Station’ which will have all the necessary bits and bobs required to make party hats, crowns, masks and other fancy-dress items. Familiar local bands and performers will keep the party atmosphere alive until 9pm.

Free tours organised by professional tour guide, Keith Pengelley of Guernsey Walking Tours will take groups through the Market Area and into the Old Quarter to rediscover and explore the vibrant history that created this iconic area of St Peter Port and bring to life it’s vibrant past. There will also be an opportunity to view the ‘Discovering Guernsey’ short film, made by Susan Lloyd and Spike Productions at the newly opened George Crossan Gallery in the Inner Street.

JT’s Deputy Managing Director in Guernsey, Tamara O’Brien, said: “With Summer finally here we all enjoy a summer party, and we felt this party is the perfect way to celebrate the rejuvenation of our Market which has been the hub of our town for centuries. By coming together, celebrating the new and old we’ll get together show our thanks as a community to the men and women that brought the old quarter into what has become today’s vibrant retail hub.

‘We’ll also have our JT team on hand sharing exclusive offers and providing biodegradable and re-usable giveaways for the families and islanders who join us. We hope to see as many people there as possible for this free community event. Given the beautiful location, we strongly encourage everyone attending to collect and take home their rubbish and leave Market Square litter free, not least in support of the sustainable market in the inner market buildings which is helping us all be more mindful of our impact on our island.”

Sonia Taylor Director of Market Buildings said; ‘‘We are thrilled with the result and look of the new pedestrian street that links the Old Quarter with the Heart of Town. All too often visitors would not proceed into Market Street and onto the adjoining retail and restaurants. Since the completion of phase one, there has been a significant increase in footfall towards the Old Quarter and we believe that the additional directional signage will see this trend continue.

“We are delighted to have teamed up with our generous sponsors JT to plan a magnificent family street party that will celebrate this positive step in linking the old with the present cultural and retail hub of St Peter Port. The free JT Street party is from 2pm till 9pm on the 6 July with activities for everyone to enjoy. We hope that families and adults alike come to help us celebrate and join in the fun of what promises to be a great day for all.”

JT Street Party on our events page >>
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Europe’s most connected telco partners with 1oT to unveil a new eSIM solution at MWC

In a bid to firmly establish itself as Europe’s most connected operator and cement its reputation as one to watch State-owned 120-year young operator JT Group has joined forces with 1oT to launch an innovative eSIM solution at this year’s MWC. This eSIM solution is set to open up a new level of global connectivity for IoT service providers.

Designed specifically for the needs of start-ups and small and medium-sized IoT service providers, this new 1oT eSIM, technically known as eUICC, will enable them to operate in multiple regions worldwide. What’s more, through this partnership with JT those customers will now also benefit from JT’s extensive worldwide roaming network.

This eSIM is set to simplify and revolutionise the market for these users by enabling a ‘virtual swap’ in the air between pre-negotiated operator services without the need to physically change the SIM card. It will also leverage the global roaming deals provided by JT opening up access to over 700 of JT’s partner networks potentially making it the world’s most flexible SIM.

Graham Hart-Ives, JT’s Head of IoT Sales, said: “We have continued to grow our offering over recent months and we are delighted that the work we have done to build a strong position in this market is bringing substantial benefits to our forward-thinking and long-term partners, like 1oT. This is a great example of leveraging partnerships and innovating using latest SIM technology to jointly provide the best possible product for customers.”

1oT is an operator independent global connectivity provider which handles the complexity of working with multiple operators in different regions for IoT service providers and device makers.

Märt Kroodo, founder and CEO of 1oT said: “This launch is an exciting next step in SIM technology which provides vastly improved convenience for customers. This partnership of JT’s innovation and flexibility in working with different partners and our expertise will together deliver connectivity products for IoT which greatly improve customers experience and take the market forward.”



Speednet SMART JT partnership

JT adds to its global reach with new Belize partnership deal

In its pacy drive to establish itself as Europe’s most connected operator, JT has announced the addition of another significant partner to its extensive global network; Speednet Communications. Through this new partnership with Belize’s leading mobile network operator, JT’s International team is pushing ahead with ambitious plans for global growth.

JT will provide a fully managed service, which is GSMA compliant, for both inbound and outbound roaming to Speednet Belize, using JT’s existing 2G, 3G and 4G roaming connectivity and supported through JT’s network extension platform.

Thanks to JT’s Roaming as a Service provision, Speednet Communication’s end-users also gain access to international roaming coverage across JT’s substantial 700+ networks around the world. In addition, JT will provide inbound roaming services, enabling visitors to Belize to connect and roam on Speednet Communications world-class 4G network.

Tom Noel, Managing Director of JT International, said: “JT’s customers in the Channel Islands already have access to one of the widest roaming networks available and our International team are using these unrivalled partnerships to now enable leading emerging markets to benefit from this service. Our energetic roaming team work tirelessly to enable customers access to roam where they want, when they want and this roaming as a service partnership is a natural extension of that success. Adding Speednet to our trusted global network of partners offers benefits and cost savings for their customers and for ours; with the freedom to roam with confidence.”

Leonardo Calle, the CTO at Speednet, said: “JT’s Roaming as a Service is a unique product that brings us the benefits of direct roaming relationships. The immediate access to over 700 of JT’s direct partners will give our customers the ability to roam across the globe seamlessly.”