Autism Golf Day

Golfers putt in the effort for Autism Jersey

Island golfers will be teeing off at La Moye Golf Club on Friday 23 August for this year’s Autism Jersey Annual Golf Day.

The JT-sponsored event is an increasingly popular fixture for enthusiastic Jersey golfers, and this year the event was booked out with 25 competing teams of 4 players, faster than any other year.

In 2018 the event raised a record-breaking £28,000 for Autism Jersey to be used for the building and running of a new residential, community-based Autism centre in the Island. The organisers are hoping that 2019 will be even more successful with competitors ending the day with a raffle and auction featuring many unique items donated by local businesses.

The funds raised at this year’s events will also go towards the purpose-built centre which will provide tailored assistance and improved services for people with autism and their families. JT’s on-going support of this annual event also means the new centre will have the latest technology, ensuring visitors can keep connected via state-of-the-art equipment, made possible by JT’s award winning full-fibre network.

Nick Winsor, Chairman of Autism Jersey, said: “The golf day has become the biggest annual event in our calendar and is our largest single fundraiser. The longstanding partnership with JT as corporate sponsor has played a big part in the continued success and growing popularity of the event. The funds raised by the competition and auction make a huge contribution to our work at Autism Jersey and raises awareness within local community and beyond.”

Daragh McDermott, Corporate Affairs Director at JT and a board member of Autism Jersey, said: “We are very proud of our partnership with Autism Jersey, supporting the fundraising efforts of this vital charity and being part of their efforts to raise awareness is very important to us. The charity provides invaluable support to many families in our community helping people with Autism live a full and inclusive life and promoting a greater understanding of the condition.”



JT Pool Party AUG19

Loading on the summer fun at the Lido!

There’s no better way to spend a summer afternoon than with a free pool party and no better location than the iconic Lido at Havre des Pas for a fantastic fun-filled family day out.

JT is helping islanders making the most of the sunshine this August and will host a family pool party, stacked with music, ice cream and – what every pool party needs – giant inflatables on Saturday 10 August between 11am and 3pm.

No party would be complete without music and local DJ Stefan Rousseau will get everyone in the mood with a mix of soul, funk and everyone’s favourite summer throwbacks, making sure the party is one of this year’s biggest summer memories.

“I am really looking forward to playing a tropical and summery soundtrack while everyone has fun in this amazing location,” says DJ Stefunk.

The venue holds 300 people who will also have exclusive access to the balcony at Havre de Pas, giving the whole event a VIP vibe.

The JT team will be there with the ever-popular JT Tiki Hut throughout the afternoon giving away plenty of bio-degradable and reusable freebies for party-goers, including sunglasses, buckets, spades and beach balls and welcoming the first 150 partygoers with a free ice cream.

Just to add to the feel-good factor, the event will support the JSPCA, JT’s chosen charity for 2019 and we will also be running an Instagram competition on the day to win the latest beach tech.  To enter, partygoers need to upload their pool party pictures using the hashtag #JTPoolParty and the best photos will be selected to win a Boompod waterproof speaker.

Tamara O’Brien, JT ‘s Head of Customer Experience, said: “As pool party venues go, it doesn’t get better than the iconic Lido at Havre des Pas. There’s room to chill out, play and party and make the most of Jersey beach life in a safe environment. A community summer party is a great opportunity to bring people together for a bit of fun and sunshine and we look forward to welcoming 300 people to join us, so come down early to find your picnic spot and grab an ice cream!”



JT Pool Party AUG19

Party time at the pools!

There’s no better way to enjoy summer than a free pool party stacked with music, ice cream and – what every pool party needs – giant inflatables.

JT are making the most of the sunshine this August and will host a day of family fun with a party vibe at La Valette Bathing Pools on Sunday 11 August between 11am and 3pm.

The JT team will be manning the ever-popular JT Tiki Hut throughout the day giving away plenty of bio-degradable and reusable freebies for everyone who comes down, including sunglasses, buckets, spades and beach balls. They’ll even be keeping party-goers cool with a free ice cream.

No party would be complete without music, local DJ Nick Beddow will get the party into full swing with a mix of today’s popular hits and everyone’s favourite summer throwbacks making sure the party is one of this year’s biggest summer memories.

Tamara O Brien, JT’s Deputy Director in Guernsey said: “Summer staycations in Guernsey are all about getting down to the beach and our pool party is a great chance to get together with family, friends and neighbours to enjoy the weather in a fantastic and much-loved location. We are really lucky to be able to use the iconic La Valette Bathing Pools, a safe environment to swim and play under the watchful eye of the venue’s lifeguard team and a lovely place for a relaxing picnic. The bathing pools have capacity for 70 people, so please join us early to make the most of a great day out – and before the ice creams melt!”



Security Officer Marcel Le Claire, Security Product Manager, David Salisbury, and Security Consultant, John Bridge

Cyber support boost for Jersey charities

Three of JT’s senior security team have become the latest recruits to the Jersey Charitable Skills Pool (JCSP) and are calling on their industry colleagues in cyber security to join the growing number of expert volunteers offering their knowledge and advice to local charities.

The JCSP was set up earlier this year in response to the increasing need for charities, like businesses, to protect their systems and information against cyber attacks and potential data breaches.

JT’s Group Security Officer, Marcel Le Claire, Security Product Manager, David Salisbury, and Security Consultant, John Bridge, will be donating 30 hours of professional advice to local charities on a range of issues including, cyber security policy, procedures, risk assessment and testing.

Marcel said: “Charities are just as vulnerable as larger companies but very often don’t have the resources, time or finances to make the right investment to safeguard their systems and the data they hold. It can be difficult to know where to turn and hopefully by pooling our skills in this way from people across the industry, it will mean that our local charities are able to get some free expert advice that they so desperately need. We’re truly delighted to be in a position to be able to offer something back to our island.”

JCSP chairman Dave Cartwright said that he was delighted with the addition of qualified and experienced volunteers from JT: “Jersey has more than its fair share of world-class expertise in cybersecurity and communications, and we’re really encouraged by the calibre of the people who have made a time commitment to the JCSP and our community.

“Incidentally, the time commitment doesn’t have to be onerous. Any time that someone with the right skill set and knowledge can provide will make a real difference to a charity or NFP that would otherwise be struggling to find the right advice on a limited budget. The more experts and companies that commit just a few hours per year, the more resources the charities and other not-for-profits that support our community will have to draw on.”

The JCSP was founded by the Channel Islands Information Security Forum with the primary purpose of providing cybersecurity consultancy to charities, but it is hoped that the group will broaden its remit to other business areas and across the Channel Islands as a whole if the cybersecurity pilot is a success. Charities and not-for-profits can apply for time from the pool at http://www.jerseycsp.org.uk/.



JT App Silver Award

Silver success for innovative local App

JT’s free My Account customer app, the only one of its kind in the Channel Islands, has been awarded the silver award in the Best App category at the recent UK Digital Experience Awards 2019 (UKDXA) – coming second to BT’s entry and ahead of Manchester United’s football App.

The JT team led by Dominic Vye, Head of Commercial Development, attended the awards held in London on Friday 12 July. “The team were already so pleased to have been shortlisted but being awarded silver in such a competitive category which included national household names is a really fantastic achievement for both the team and our customers, who have helped us to build it,” said Dominic.

Now in its 5th year, the UK Digital Experience Awards (UKDXA) celebrate the ways in which today’s digital technology is used to enhance customer experience. The awards provide a platform for organisations and individuals to celebrate the partnerships they have formed and be rewarded for their digital innovation and customer-centric culture.

The JT My Account App was built locally, in-house, by JT’s team of software developers working together with Hollis Consulting. The App‘s success is thanks to a collaboration with JT’s own customers who provided the feedback that initiated the idea and continued to help via research panels and surveys throughout the development process. The result of working together with JT’s own customers is an App which provides a way for them to manage their services and view their bills on mobile devices, giving them the freedom and flexibility to monitor and control their account, when and where they need to. JT’s App has now been downloaded over 40,000 times with over 32% of JT customers now actively using it daily.

JT customers continue to play a leading role in the evolution and improvement of the App design and functionality, ensuring new trends and needs are considered. The App now includes live chat which allows customers to interact directly with the JT team and contact them to resolve queries faster than ever before. The simple and easy-to-use App has resulted in customer bill queries reducing by over 50% and has also had a positive contribution to JT’s commitment to the environment by reducing the need for paper bills by 62%.

“The interaction we have with our customers remains hugely important to the success of the JT My Account App, without them this would not have been possible. Being recognised by DXA is a testament to the relationship our teams have developed with our customers, so a big thank you to them for their continued support,” said Dominic.



JT Official Tech Partner of the Super League Triathlon

JT puts the tech power behind RBC Super League Triathlon, Jersey for a third year

JT will power the 2019 RBC Super League Triathlon (SLT) in Jersey, returning as the Official Technology Partner for a third year.

Jersey will once again host the opening weekend of the Championship Series on the 28 – 29 September. Building on the huge success of previous years, JT will provide technical support, mobile communications and full-fibre internet access to the international broadcast team and race organisers.

The Island is due to welcome hundreds of competitors and spectators eager for a weekend of intense competition. The action will be live-streamed around the globe, showcasing both the sporting achievements and Jersey as an island, to a worldwide audience, expected to surpass last year’s figure of 375 million viewers across a 48-hour period thanks to the speed and capacity of Jersey’s full-fibre network.

Returning to Jersey for a third consecutive year, organisers are on track with their five-year plan to make the event a permanent fixture on the Island’s events calendar. Whether you race, spectate or just soak in the atmosphere, organisers are encouraging Islanders to get behind the action and be a part of a legacy in the making.

Daragh McDermott, Director of Corporate Affairs at JT, said: “We are delighted to support such a fantastic event, one that showcases Jersey and the community at its absolute best and are excited to see the Island come to life with Super League Triathlon once again. At the 2018 event, Jersey celebrated the completion of our 100 per cent full-fibre network as a world first and the return of the SLT reminds us all that, in more ways than one Jersey is also in a league of its own.”

Michael D’Hulst, Co-founder and CEO of SLT said: “From the huge success of the past two years, we are thrilled to return to Jersey in 2019 and we’d like to thank JT for their continued support at this multi-national event. With the help of JT’s real can-do attitude and impressive world leading connectivity we look forward to bringing this fantastic island to the attention of millions of people around the world once again.”

During the event, more than 50 world-leading triathletes will compete for the prestigious Super League Triathlon crown, and local individuals are invited to take part in the Age Group and Corporate Team Enduro races as well as the RBC Race for the Kids.

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



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.”



JT Cisco accreditation

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.