JT Cobo Bay Balcony Gigs

Balcony gigs boast legendary line up for 2019

Summer might still feel like it’s a few months away, but the list of acts announced for this year’s Cobo Bay Balcony Gigs has brought the sunshine a bit closer and given us all something to look forward to.

Islanders will be able to enjoy another bumper series of free family-friendly live music events this year with acts including tributes to global superstar Ed Sheeran, the iconic David Bowie and rock legends AC/DC in this year’s line-up.

The free gigs from the Cobo Bay Hotel first floor balcony have been providing live entertainment for some 30 years now and have become synonymous with summer in Guernsey. This year’s series begins on Sunday 5 May with a Tina Turner Tribute and the last act will take to the balcony on Sunday 25 August. As in previous years, the events will also raise money for the Guernsey Cheshire Homes and the GSPCA, JT’s chosen charity for 2019.

JT’s Deputy Managing Director in Guernsey, Tamara O’Brien, said: “It wouldn’t be summer without the balcony gigs. This is the eighth year that we have supported these popular community events. As always, the line-up of tribute acts is fantastic and we’re pleased to be helping these events continue and bring top quality, live music for everyone to enjoy for free. In the lead up to the first gig we will have competitions and news on our @JTsocial Facebook page where everyone can catch up with the latest gig gossip and this year we will be livestreaming the event using JT’s exclusive beach cam and drone footage.

We’ll also have our JT team on hand during each of the events sharing exclusive offers and providing biodegradable and re-usable giveaways. As always, given the beautiful location that these events take place in, we strongly encourage islanders attending to collect and take home their rubbish and leave Cobo Bay litter free.”

David Nussbaumer, organiser of The Cobo Bay Balcony Gigs, said: “Our thanks go to JT for their on-going support, which has helped us to secure some of the best tribute acts on the scene. It promises to be another great summer of music.”



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JT extends its accreditation with global tech giant Cisco

JT’s Business teams across the Channel Islands and London have boosted their already strong relationship with world technology giant Cisco by achieving a further premier accreditation; ‘Advanced Enterprise Networks Architecture Specialisation’ reflecting their growing depth of skills and knowledge.

This makes JT the first Channel Island-based provider to have gained two full Cisco architectures enabling JT to expand the range of Cisco products within their portfolio. These products include JT’s newly launched ‘next generation’ firewall which allows JT’s customers to actively monitor systems and, if needed, lockdown and isolate any devices which have been compromised with an advanced managed service approach.

By achieving this Advanced Enterprise Networks Architecture Specialisation, JT’s team has demonstrated that they have met the stringent training standards required and have further secured the team’s expertise in supply, design and deployment of complex Cisco solutions.

Katie Corbett, Director of CI Enterprise & Business Services at JT said: “Cisco is the largest networking company in the world and our 20-year partnership with them helps us to deliver the very best solutions for our global customer base. We pride ourselves on having within our dedicated team some of the finest Cisco experts in the islands, who between them have now clocked up some 60 hours of intensive training, often in their own time. So, we are delighted to add this second architecture specialisation to our portfolio further expanding what we offer to our customers in the Channel Islands and around the world.

“This achievement is testament to their hard work putting in a huge amount of time and effort to reach this status. As one of the Channel Islands largest digital employers we are committed to investing in our teams and encouraging them to take part in training like this, so that they can maintain the standards that our customers need and further their own professional development.”

To find out more about JT’s Cisco solutions visit https://business.jtglobal.com



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JT’s mobile networks confirmed as fastest in the Channel Islands

Analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® has confirmed that JT customers enjoy the fastest mobile network and data speeds in both Guernsey and Jersey*.

Results from all mobile networks in the Channel Islands were analysed by Ookla, the global leader in fixed broadband and mobile network testing applications, data and analysis between April and September this year.

Those tests, which are carried out by islanders themselves, confirm that JT has the fastest mobile networks.

Ookla’s results are also widely trusted by regulators, trade groups and analysts. Hence, they are used by virtually every major mobile carrier and internet service provider in the world.  Everyday ten million tests are actively initiated. With over 20 billion completed to date.

JT's Networks are the quickest

Daragh McDermott JT, said: “Our customers regularly tell us that they enjoy the speed of our 4G networks in Jersey and Guernsey. So, these test results from Ookla provide the research data to confirm their feedback. JT’s networks are the quickest.

“We’re really pleased to have that confirmed, for the third year running, by Ookla. It's clearly good news for our customers, and testament to the hard work of JT’s engineering teams. They are responsible for building and maintaining the best possible mobile networks.

“So, we see it as our responsibility to deliver the best connectivity that we can for Channel Islanders. We have demonstrated that through our fibre broadband networks, our 4G networks. Also with the announcement that we will install 5G (subject to the necessary radio spectrum being allocated) in 2019.

“Our aim is to make the islands one of the best-connected places in the world. Therefore, this recognition from Ookla confirms that work is paying off.”

“With millions of tests taken using Speedtest every day, Ookla has developed a comprehensive view of worldwide internet performance. So it is our pleasure to recognize JT as the Fastest Mobile Network in Guernsey & Jersey based on our rigorous analysis. Consequently, this award is a testament to JT’s exceptional performance, as experienced by JT's customers, in Q2 and Q3”. Jamie Steven, Executive Vice President at Ookla.

To view the results, visit www.speedtest.net/awards/jt/ 

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*Based on Ookla speed test results Q2-Q3 2018 https://www.speedtest.net/awards/mobile/



5G Mobile Network

Major deal signed to bring 5G to the Channel Islands

Just 4 years on from the successful deployment of its 4G network JT is again partnering with ZTE to create a new 5G mobile network for our Islands. The deal was signed on Tuesday in Shenzhen, China, during an official Jersey trade delegation to further develop the Islands’ business links with Asia.

Now contracts are signed, JT will begin work with ZTE on this new network. Aiming to launch a test service during 2019, subject to CICRA licensing spectrum. Whilst the 5G standard is not complete yet, JT aims to roll out incremental improvements as standards solidify and expects to offer a Channel Island wide service by 2021.

5G enables download speeds up to 10x faster than today’s speeds, together with the ability to connect many more devices. In time it will play a key part in supporting our Islands’ role as an Internet of Things ‘Digital Sandbox’. JT forecast that, in addition to thousands of IoT devices, by 2023 10% of Islanders will have 5G enabled devices.

The Best 5G Service in the World

Graeme Millar, JT CEO said: “Our goal is to build the best networks we possibly can for islanders to enjoy. We aspire to build on our island’s world beating fibre network and now offer Channel Islanders the best 5G service in the world.  Our role is to support our customers, providing them the technology to do whatever they want. By building these information super highways we make this possible.

ZTE are the ideal partner, who’ve supported us already with our 4G network. We know customers appreciate its speed and quality. Indeed, our ZTE 4G network has been ranked as the fastest in the CI by global assessor Ookla for the last three years running. We expect more of the same from our Islands’ new 5G network.

We’re committed to ensuring customers continue to enjoy the best connectivity in the world by both wire and air. The journey moving from 4G to 5G will be similar to the revolution from copper to fibre. Whilst it will be a complex project involving the complete upgrade of our mobile network, new customer handsets and other changes, we believe we are ideally placed to help our customers experience the benefits this technology offers.

It was an honour to sign this deal during a formal trade delegation visit to China. We were also able to support Jersey in developing business in Asia. So, I am proud to give voice to our Islands on the world stage. Therefore, we firmly believe the Channel Islands can hold their own in terms of connectivity against any country in the world. Thank you to Channel Islanders for supporting the development of our advanced networks and services.”

Kenneth Cao, Managing Director ZTE UK commented: “This is a key milestone for both ZTE and JT to start the journey of 5G. 5G is an enabler for technology innovation and digital transformation. At ZTE we aim to be a world leader in 5G solution development. Through our 4G partnership, ZTE are determined to provide the best possible 5G solution and service to the Channel Islands. ‘

Issued by James Filleul at Direct Input. Telephone 01534 735253 or email james@directinput.je for more information.  To find out more about 5G visit www.jtglobal.com/5G and to find out more about Ookla’s global speed test rankings visit www.jtglobal.com/fastestnetwork.

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In Photos: Graeme Millar CEO JT Group. Daragh McDermott Corporate Affairs Director JT Group. Kenneth Cao, Managing Director ZTE UK.  Dr Han Gang, Vice-President ZTE Corporation.

 

 



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Institute of Directors seminar sponsored by JT

6 November 2018

The first JT-sponsored Institute of Directors Winter Seminar of the series is set to provide a fascinating insight into the benefits and risks of new technology.  Particularly in relation to the advancement of boards. The seminar, titled The Shape of Things to Come will be held at the Old Government House on Friday 16 November at 12.15 pm.

Panellists will include Emma Bailey, the GFSC’s Director of the Authorisations and Innovation Division; Wayne Atkinson, Partner at Collas Crill; Susie Crowder, Non-Executive Chairman at Nexus Technology Ltd and CEO of Bright Futures LBG, and Matt Thornton, co-founder of Guernsey-based tech start-up, Cortex Technologies.

Innovations to the Marketplace

Iain Beresford, organiser of the JT-sponsored Winter Seminar series, said: “There’s no doubt that innovation and technological disruption is affecting every business, every industry and every economy. This includes Guernsey. It can be a powerful and opportunist force for driving business and economic growth and performance. But it also presents significant risks to some companies.

“So, there is no question that, by their very nature, technological disruption and innovation provide significant challenges to regulators and policymakers. However, they can they also create an environment to cultivate and promote innovation, and potentially deliver innovations to the marketplace. This in a way in which they could not have developed on their own? Hence, in this seminar we’ll be looking to explore these ideas and understand their implications.

Tamara O’Brien, Deputy Managing Director of JT Guernsey, said: “We’re really pleased to continue our long-standing support of these topical lunchtime events in partnership with the IoD. As an enabler of new technology ourselves, through our mobile and broadband networks, we’re very aware of the benefits. But also aware of the challenges that innovation brings. So, one of the best ways to manage disruption is to discuss it openly and honestly.  Therefore, these important seminars allow our business community to do. It promises to be a fascinating event with debate stimulated from an informed expert panel.”

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Jersey’s First Techawards Winners Announced

19th October 2018

An exciting new awards ceremony honoured Jersey’s digital best last night. Digital Jersey is proud to announce that the 2018 Jersey TechAwards winners are as follows.

2018 TechAwards Winners:

  • Digital Company of the Year – JT
  • Start-Up of the Year, Digital – Pinpoint
  • Best Use of Technology in Education – Beaulieu Convent School
  •  Technology Project of the Year – States of Jersey, Concerto asset management
  •  Digital Creative Project of the Year – Flux
  •  Technology Student of the Year – Adam Le Tarouilly
  •  Technology Teacher of the Year – Rory Steel
  •  Digital Growth Business of the Year – JT
  •  Leader of the Year, Digital – Damon Eastwood, Switch Digital
  •  Digital Team of the Year – Race Nation

A judging panel comprising representatives from both the private and public sectors on and off the Island chose ten winners. All of whom have a broad interest in, and understanding of the digital sector.

The event took place in the Chart Room at Castle Quay. The host for the inaugural event financial writer, technology advocate and acclaimed British comedian, Dominic Frisby presented the awards.

Jersey’s Digital Best

Tony Moretta, CEO of Digital Jersey, said ‘We are so thrilled to see Jersey’s digital best celebrated in this way. We had so many excellent and vastly diverse entries for these awards, testament to the fantastic work being done around the island to grow our digital industry. Huge congratulations go to our first ever Jersey TechAwards winners. All of whom really stand out as exceptional contributors to our industry.’

The Jersey TechAwards, organised by Digital Jersey, in association with the Jersey section of BCS (the International section of the Chartered Institute for IT) and sponsored by Prosperity 24/7, was established to showcase key aspects of the digital sector including the Internet of Things, Digital Health and FinTech.

David Cartwright, chairman of BCS Jersey, said “So, an exciting evening saw ten extremely worthy winners take home awards that acknowledge their excellence and their contribution to the technology industry in Jersey. One must also acknowledge the others on the shortlist. We had dozens of very strong entries but, of course, not everyone can win an award. With the Tech Awards the intention was to make it an annual event, and I hope next years will be both stronger and more plentiful”.

Digital Transformation

Chris Clark, CEO of Prosperity 24/7, said to be able to sponsor the inaugural awards was an honour. So, as we all know, technology is pervasive and is the life blood of Industry in Jersey. Therefore, seeing this recognised last night amongst 250 peers, creates an indelible mark in the memories of all who attended. The positive energy and ground swell regarding the potential for digital transformation to support productivity and innovation across our economy is an accolade that Digital Jersey should also take pride in, as they act as the focus point for us all to support, enabling the Digital economy to continue to grow and prosper.

Jersey TechAwards marked the culmination of Jersey Tech Week.  An event dedicated to the digital sector.  Featuring keynote convention speakers with topics ranging from AI to blockchain; smart homes and cyber security, and which also saw the launch of the Island’s first Internet of Things hub: DJX.

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