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.”



Digital Ace 2019

JT help parents get a ‘Haandle’ on e-safety at Digital ACE

JT’s retail team will be on a stand at this year’s Digital ACE event organised by Digital Greenhouse on Saturday 2 February between midday and 5 pm at Beau Sejour. This popular annual event takes place ahead of National Safer Internet Day attracting high numbers of visitors keen to know more about the latest technology.

The exponential growth of the internet means our children and young adults are spending more time than ever online, both at home and at school for development and play. This explosion of use brings with it a need to help educate parents and young people to understand the risks they could face online. The JT team are ready to help giving easy to understand practical advice and tips on how to stay safe online.

They will also be demonstrating Haandle, an innovative parental control device for e-safety. The latest figures released by Ofcom show that more than a third of 12 to 15-year-olds find it difficult to moderate their screen time and Haandle can help families manage online activity. The device, which is exclusively available at JT, allows parents to set limits and manage their children’s internet access by setting times and parameters on devices their children have access to. This works across mobile data and Wi-Fi networks in and outside the home, so it can be a useful tool for parents to help encourage healthy usage.

The JT team will also give practical guidance on how to configure devices. And to keep the children entertained while we help answer questions, the stand has the latest Nintendo switch console available to trial and some great giveaways, including a chance to win a brand-new Nintendo Console.

Tamara O’Brien, JT’s Head of Customer Experience said: “It’s great to support the Digital ACE event again this year and to have the chance to provide islanders with advice, tools and safety tips as well as offering some fun, guidance and demonstrations at the event. This is such a valuable event for islanders to find out more about the power of technology we all now rely on, but also how to use it safely. We are looking forward to welcoming people and will be happy to help with any questions that they may have.”

For anyone who can’t get to Digital ACE, JT’s High Street shop team are always happy to see people in-store and help with useful information and friendly advice on the latest range of technology. They can also help customers with enabling Internet routers to block certain sites or seeing first-hand the devices we have available to help them stay in control online.



JT Head of Culture and Values

JT Teams pull together to raise money for charities in their communities

In 2018 JT teams raised £21,831 for their chosen charities through a combination of group events and individual challenges across all JT’s locations.

In Jersey the team worked with Littlefeet Environmental and Jersey Marine Conservation while the Guernsey team supported the Marine Biology Section of the Société Guernesiaise. The money raised by the teams will directly benefit local environmental causes, providing much needed funds to support valuable work in the communities that JT is a part of.

Spurred on by the JSPCA’s plea for help to save the Jersey Animal Shelter, the JT team in Jersey have decided to put their full support behind the charity in 2019. While in Guernsey the JT team will focus on supporting the great work of the much-loved local animal charity, the GSPCA.

Christophe Chateau, JT Group Head of Culture and Staff Engagement, said: “Animals play an important role in many people’s lives, as valued companions for some and for many others they are a lifeline. Right now, help is needed to ensure that the people that look after the animals and pets in our community have what they need to continue to provide islanders with a vital service.

“We are committed to supporting the JSPCA’s efforts to help fund the shelter in the same enthusiastic way that we have supported local charities and initiatives for decades. For us, it’s a great way to bring people together, have fun, raise money and change something in our community that needs our help.

“We are in close contact with the JSPCA to ensure that volunteering and fundraising efforts meet the charity’s most immediate needs, working out a programme of events for JT’s people to get involved in. We have had some great successes with charity-focused events in the past, they are enormously popular and attract a lot of participation from the wider community. We hope to be just as successful this year.”

More information about the company’s work in the community is available on the charity and community pages of the JT website.

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Issued by Anna Thorne at Direct Input on 01534 735253 or at anna@directinput.je

The charities JT offices will be supporting are:



Team Gravity

JT Presents Tim McGuinness of Team Gravity

Jersey based Team Gravity captain and VR Business owner, Tim McGuiness takes some time out from the intense world of Virtual Reality Esports to give us an insight into how JT’s full fibre technology has turned his passion into a business and made him a household name in the world of VR Esports. Watch the video to hear from Tim about Virtual Reality Esports, training and his journey to some of the biggest gaming events on the planet.



About JT

Jersey Landline issue

We would like to apologise once again to all customers who were affected by service problems with the Jersey Landline issue on 27th December and then on 30 December. Thank you for your patience and support. The network is normally extremely robust, but we fully understand that is cold comfort when there is a problem.

The two incidents were unrelated technical issues. We will now undertake a full investigation to isolate the exact root cause of each one so that we can make sure it isn’t repeated. Needless, to say we will be monitoring the network very closely indeed over the coming days.

Given the timing over the holiday period, the fact we had two problems close together, and that they collectively affected the majority of our customers in some way, we will be offering compensation in line with our customer promise. Compensation will be seen in our customer’s January bills. This will take the form of a week’s free landline rental . And for broadband customers, a waiver on charges for data use in excess of broadband bundles in January.

We take our responsibility as one of Jersey’s core infrastructure providers very seriously indeed. We would like to reassure our customers that problems are rare. But if something happens we have careful plans in place to deal with it as quickly as possible. We always aim to get back to normal as soon as we can. Part of our protocol includes notifying the emergency services as the Health and Social Services community alarms used by some customers are affected by loss of landline service. We have been working pro-actively with all Emergency Services to continually improve the services.



JT Supports JSPCA

The JSPCA to get a helping hand from team JT in 2019

Following our public appeal for support, JT has chosen the JSPCA as its charity of the year in 2019. JT will be encouraging staff to support the charity with events. As well as corporate and personal fund-raising.

 

Earlier this year we took steps to engage the public to support us. Thus, ensuring that both the charity and Animals’ Shelter would be able to continue providing services for the Jersey community for many years to come.

 

Kevin Keen, the JSPCA’s volunteer Chief Executive Officer said: “To end the year with positive news is great for everyone involved. We are really pleased that our campaign has resulted in JT choosing us as the beneficiary of their annual fund-raising. Their support will help raise awareness of the services we provide and generate funds.”

 

A Popular Choice

Christophe Chateau, JT Group Head of Culture and Staff Engagement, said: “The JSPCA were an obvious and popular choice for us as our 2019 charity of the year. So many of us will have had contact with the Animals’ Shelter over the years. We know just how vital their services are for the Island’s sick, injured or homeless and lost pets. Without their presence, a much-needed service would disappear from our community. We know that our people at JT will get behind the efforts of the charity t. Thus, we hope to help fund the shelter in the same enthusiastic way that they have thrown their support behind many local charities and initiatives by fundraising and volunteering for decades. We are very hands-on and passionate about our community.

 

“As a locally-owned company, we’d also love to see other Jersey companies take up the opportunity to choose the JSPCA as their focus for fund-raising. Especially, in 2019  but also beyond. Therefore, we can continue to have a Shelter and service to be proud of.”

 

As well as encouraging corporate sponsorship and funding the charity has reached out directly to Islanders. This is in the hope of supporting them through ongoing donations and fundraising. For more information about fundraising for the JSPCA go to our Support Us page.



Beach clean 2018

Team JT and Super League Triathletes join together to keep our Island clean

Islanders of all ages are invited to join volunteers from JT and professional athletes of the Super League Triathlon to help with the  JT Beach Clean at West Park before the world-class actions gets underway.

The big JT Beach Clean will take place on Thursday 27 September from 3.30 pm. It is organised by JT in association with Little Feet Environmental and Jersey Marine Conservation, JT’s chosen charities for 2018. A team of volunteers from across all business areas of JT will be taking part. They hope Islanders of all ages will join them to help ready the area for world-wide attention.

Team JT and Super League Triathletes join together

Eight athletes who will be competing in the Super League Triathlon that weekend (29/30 September) will also be joining in. This is a great opportunity for the public to meet the professionals before their attention turns to the high-speed competition around the Harbour and Waterfront.

Christophe Chateau, JT’s Head of Culture & Employee Engagement, said: “We’d like as many people as possible to come down to the area in front of La Frégate Café for 3.30 pm, or as soon as you can after the schools finish. The eyes of the world will be on that part of Jersey in the following days. So, we want to make sure Jersey is looking its very best. It should be a great community event, with the charities, athletes, team JT and the people of Jersey taking part.”

As the official Technology Partner of Super League Triathlon, JT is actively involved over the weekend. This includes running the free JT Fan Zone – an area above the Waterfront car park which will include live music, food and drink, children’s activities and a ‘tech zone’ for adults and children alike to test their sporting prowess in a Virtual Reality world.

Michael D’Hulst, CEO and co-founder of Super League Triathlon, said: “At Super League Triathlon, we are passionate about being a sustainable company and reducing our impact on the world. Our athletes share this passion as they are out in nature training for so much of the year. We will be reducing the use of plastic as much as possible across the RBC Super League Jersey event, helped by JT. Come along to the JT Beach Clean and join our athletes to keeping Jersey and our oceans clean.”

The clean will be led and coordinated by Little Feet Environmental and Jersey Marine Conservation. It should last around two hours. Although the more people who turn up, the quicker the clean will be.

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Issued by Julien Morel at Direct Input. Telephone 01534 735253 or email julien@directinput.je for more information.



National Coding Week

Inclusivity and innovation, key for Fifth National Coding Week

Digital excellence, innovation and inclusivity will be at the heart of the fifth National Coding Week, sponsored by JT.

This year’s National Coding Week (NCW) takes place 17 – 23 September. It will offer a full programme of events in both Jersey and Guernsey to encourage interest in learning digital skills and provide hubs of activity that highlight inclusivity, social contribution and innovation.

Jersey-based NCW Head of Strategy Jonathan Channing said that the 2018 programme of events demonstrates the relevance of digital knowledge in all sectors of our community.

Opportunities presented by new technologies

The week kicks off with a JT hosted launch event at the Digital Hub on 17 September.  This will look at the opportunities presented by new technologies and will also help people understand how to protect themselves from online threats. At the event the NCW team will also demonstrate an augmented reality T-shirt and app. The T-shirt uses computer generated content to show the inside of the human body.

“The events we have lined up this year are a genuinely exciting mix. They really do show the scope of digital innovation. They show the ways in which it is now embedded in so many areas of our lives. There are a range of events in both Jersey and Guernsey that will showcase the extent of digital innovation within our communities. There will also be many opportunities to join digital networking and leadership events in both islands,” said Mr Channing.

Mr Channing said that he was delighted that NCW’s work had recently been endorsed by the National Cyber Security Centre. This provides advice for the public and private sector in how to avoid computer security threats. Therefore, they help to make people aware of the need to be secure online and looking for ways to balance this with accessibility.

Safer Code Means a Safer UK

Dr Ian Levy, Technical Director for the National Cyber Security Centre said: “National Coding Week is a great reason to try your hand at coding but take the time to learn about writing secure code as well. It’s even more fun! This week, whether you’re a beginner or pro, I challenge you to learn one new technique to make your code safer. Safer code means a safer UK.”

Jersey Library and Digital Jersey will be the centres of activity in Jersey. Whereas, Digital Greenhouse plays host to a variety of events in Guernsey throughout the week.

Accessible Techonlogy

Tamara O’Brien, JT’s Head of Customer Experience, said: “It’s inspiring to see how National Coding Week has continued to grow. This is down to the passion and energy of the organisers and their commitment to promoting digital learning and skills for people of all ages and abilities. We have been involved for 5 years providing sponsorship. One of the reasons that we’re very happy to support NCW is because it is centred around the concept of accessible technology. Therefore, helping people in our communities to adapt to new changes in the digital world. Their events are inclusive and open to all provided in relaxed environment which I’ve seen first-hand the benefits of.  They help people of all ages grow in confidence and adapt to the opportunities of the digital world.”

NCW was the brainchild of Islanders Richard Rolfe and Jordan Love. Over the past five years, it has spread globally with events now being held as far away as the US and Australia.

Guides which explain how to get involved in NCW, case studies and the full programme of events are available on the NCW website https://codingweek.org

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Notes to editors

For further information please contact Julien Morel at Direct Input on +44 (0)1534 735253 or at julien@directinput.je

JT event launches National Coding Week, with a free lunchtime event: Opportunities and Threats in our Digital World.
Register for the event here.

Jersey eventshttps://codingweek.org/national-coding-week-2018-list-of-events-jersey/

Guernsey eventshttps://codingweek.org/national-coding-week-2018-list-of-events-guernsey/

@CodingWeek #NationalCodingWeek



JT - Proud Tech Sponsors of Super League Triathlon

Virtual Reality Tech Zone takes Islanders to another dimension at Super League Triathlon

A free ‘Virtual Reality Tech Zone’ – including VR headsets for children, mixed-reality gaming and a triathlon experience that allows you to take on the professionals – will form part of the new JT Fan Zone at next month’s RBC Super League Jersey event.

JT – the official Technology Partner of RBC Super League Jersey – is expanding its support this year. They’ve introduced a selection of free for all entertainment, food and games to the world-class event. Team Gravity, a virtual reality eSports team which JT also sponsors – will run the new JT Tech Zone. Having just returned from competing in the VR League World Finals in San Jose, they bring another world class experience to the weekend of fun and sport.

The JT Fan Zone will be based above the Waterfront car park over the weekend of 28 – 30 September. It will also include a stage packed with Jersey talent playing free music throughout the week, healthy food served by local caterers and an activity-filled Kids Zone.

The Power of VR

Tim McGuinness, founder of Team Gravity and Virtex Studios, a company which is the leading provider of Virtual and Augmented Reality services in the Channel Islands, said: “We’re really excited about sharing the possibilities of VR in the JT Tech Zone. I’m looking forward to the community getting involved.

“Both VR and AR are growing rapidly. It is now also a very real concept in the Channel Islands thanks to the completion of JT’s full-fibre network in Jersey. Being part of the first professional VR eSports organisation in the world, Team Gravity is leading the way in a rapidly expanding industry. We can now go further thanks to JT. We would like to invite all islanders to pop by and discover the power of VR for themselves, for free, next month.”

Michal D’Hulst, co-founder and CEO of SLT, said: “The vision of Super League Triathlon is to provide fans with a world-class event experience. This VR immersion at JT’s exciting new Fan Zone will give the fans in Jersey the opportunity to get closer to the action than ever before.”

An Entertaining Weekend of Sport, Music and Fun

Graeme Millar, Chief Executive Officer of JT, said: “We are looking forward to the RBC Super League Jersey event for its second year. We are proud to provide and support them with world-class technology to power this important event for our island. It’s also the ideal place to celebrate the Island reaching 100% of broadband customers now connected to our full-fibre network. So, it’s fitting that we offer islanders a taste of what is now possible thanks to our network. Team Gravity is providing that, giving an exciting addition to what already promises to be an entertaining weekend of sport, music and fun for the whole family.

“The newly created JT Fan Zone this year, will further ensure the weekend has something for everyone. There’s plenty to see and do between the sporting action. It’s a great initiative for the island and will help bring islanders, athletes and the latest technology together in one place.”

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Issued by Julien Morel at Direct Input. Telephone 01534 735253 or email julien@directinput.je for more information.

To find out more about what’s happening in the JT Fan Zone, visit our jtglobal.com/superleague.

About Super League Triathlon

Super League Triathlon (SLT) is the pinnacle of the sport on the world’s stage. It delivers game-changing formats and mixes up long and short course athletes. In a series of fast-paced events with unpredictable outcomes this culminates in the crowning of the best and most versatile male and female triathletes in the world.

Over the course of the season, the top 50 (25 male and 25 female) triathletes from around the world battle it out for the crown.  The title of the best all-round triathlete. There are three means by which these 50 top athletes qualify for the Championship Series. These are equally split between male and female competitors. Firstly, automatic qualification from the previous SLT season (20 places). Secondly, a wildcard qualification (10 places at one given time). And finally ‘Golden Ticket’ success at the SLT Qualifiers in Poznan and Penticton (20 places). Pros from all over the world can race to be in with a chance to qualify for the main Championship events.

Worldwide Events

The league travels to some of the world’s most spectacular racing destinations throughout the season. Poznan (29 June-01 July) (Q)*, Penticton (17-19 August) (Q), Jersey (29-30 September) (C)**, Malta (27-28 October) , Mallorca (3-4 November) (C), Singapore (23-24 February 2019) and Australia (23-24 March 2019) (C).

With highly addictive content, sports fans across the globe will have unprecedented access to the races. Also they will be treated to behind the scenes content and memorable fan experiences. Whether watching from home or at one of the awe-inspiring SLT locations, the rivalries and battles for the top spots will leave fans thoroughly entertained from start to finish.

Super League Triathlon races are focused on attracting a new generation of audiences. It aims to foster and inspire future champions, promoting a healthy lifestyle for the wider community.

To find out more about Super League Triathlon, visit superleaguetriathlon.com.

*Qualifier event
**Championship event

Tim McGuinness is the founder and CEO of Virtex Studios, a local start-up specialising in virtual and augmented reality services. Currently based at 18-20 Dumaresq Street, the company is focused on utilising these new technologies. They encourage growth and development across many sectors.

“Opening your eyes, challenging your mind, and making the impossible, reality.”
– Virtex Studios

Click here for more information about Team Gravity and here for more information about Virtex Studios.