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JT Group Limited

Jersey Telecom Group Limited
JT
IndustryTelecommunications
Founded1888
HeadquartersSaint Helier, Jersey and St Peter Port, Guernsey
Key people
Graeme Millar
(CEO)
Phil Male
(Non-Executive Chairman)
Products
ServicesData center services
OwnerStates of Jersey
SubsidiariesJersey Telecom Limited
Wave Telecom Limited
Wave Data Services Limited
Jersey Telecom (UK) Limited
Websitewww.jtglobal.com

JT Group Limited (doing business as JT) is the parent company of several subsidiaries including Jersey Telecom Limited and Wave Telecom Limited. Jersey Telecom is the former monopoly operator in the Bailiwick of Jersey. JT provides telecommunications, Internet access and other services, mostly within the Channel Islands.[1]

History

The arms on the Minden Place exchange, dated 1933

In 1972 legislation passed in Jersey, which led the states to take over the country’s telephone exchanges from the British Post Office, and remained under state control until 2003, when the market was opened to competition.[2] A state monopoly was formed through the Telecommunications Board in 1973, through which each state was able to control its own telecommunications.[3] In 2002 JT was granted licences by the Office of Utility Regulation to operate fixed and mobile telecommunications services to, from and within the Bailiwick of Guernsey and was known as Wave Telecom.[4] The following year in 2003, Jersey Telecom became a private company, though it remained under 100% ownership by the States.[2]

In 2006 the States of Jersey Council of Ministers proposed the sale of JT Limited.[4] In 2008, following comments in the Scrutiny report and market uncertainty, the Minister for Treasury and Resources decided to withdraw the proposition.[5] In November 2006 JT then announced that it was to install a new high capacity optical submarine cable from Dartmouth to L'Ancresse Bay on the north west tip of Guernsey.[6] In 2009 Graeme Millar, formerly Chief Commercial Officer of Mobile TeleSystems, the Russian mobile operator, became the CEO of JT.[7]

In April 2010 JT relaunched its Next Generation Networking (NGN) programme which had run into technical difficulties the previous autumn.[8] In September 2011, Jersey Telecom changed its name to JT.[9] The following year, in 2012, JT acquired Worldstone.[10] In September 2014, JT began work on a £12m 4G network in Jersey.[11] The first masts went live in February 2015 and full Island coverage was reached three months later.[12] On 28 March 2014 JT partnered with Fon and the service became available to JT broadband subscribers connected to fibre in 2016.[13]

Digital sandbox

In 2018 JT began partnering with Sony in order to test its newly developed Low-Power, Wide-Area Wireless Network (LPWAN) technology, for use in the Internet of Things where low speed data links are utilized.[14][15] That year JT also partnered with ZTE to bring a 5G network to the Channel islands.[16] Both deals are a part of JT's and Jersey's role as a "digital sandbox", for testing new telecommunications technologies.[17] That year JT was named Digital Company of the Year award at the Jersey TechAwards.[18]

Operations

JT in Queen Street

Wave Telecom

JT Group has operated in the Bailiwick of Guernsey since 2002 through the subsidiary company “Wave Telecom Limited”, a wholly owned subsidiary of the JT Group, which was later renamed JT with the rest of the company's properties.[19]

Internet connectivity

JT Fibre

JT Fibre is a fibre to the home service, was initiated with a budget of £41.5m with £20m provided by the States of Jersey.[20] The first homes were connected in February 2012.[21] The project ran into difficulties in 2013 due to a dispute between JT and contractors and JT established a new subsidiary to take the programme forward.[22] In November 2015, JT admitted that the project was behind schedule and could finish three years after its 2016 completion deadline.[23] In January 2017, JT announced that the work was 70% complete.[24] The project was delayed as the result of services having to be provided to additional new homes that had been built since the project began.[25] Completion was targeted for late 2018,[26] when it made Jersey the world's only jurisdiction to provide fibre-to-the-home data delivery available to 100% of residents,[27] making it one of the world's fastest networks.[28]

JT Lab

JT Lab provides facilities for the trial and testing of telecoms related products in small-scale and live environments.[29] JT Group is regulated by the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities.[30]

Gigabit Isles

In the early 2010s, JT created the Gigabit Isles project, in order to spread access to FTTP broadband to the full population if the Isles region, at various data rates.[31]

Community involvement

Between 2005 and 2016, JT was main sponsor of Jersey Live.[32] In Guernsey, it has been principal sponsor of the Cobo Bay Hotel Summer Balcony Gigs since 2012.[33] In 2016, JT ran a ‘Summer of Music’ in Guernsey, sponsoring several events, including JT Market Rocks in Market Place, The Gathering Festival, Chateau De Son Electronic Music Festival, Proms in the Bay and Junior Battle of the Bands.[34] In 2017, they sponsored House Events, a Guernsey-based events company who brought to the CI events such as House on Herm, Rock on Herm and Sunset on Herm.[35]

In 2016, JT employees raised £25,410.98 for baby-related charities, including Jersey Friends of SCBU and the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation.[36] Fundrasing events included a Staff Charity Day and a ‘Join Together’ free music concert in Guernsey. In 2017 JT’s chosen charity is Jersey Alzheimer’s Association, in Jersey and Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association, in Guernsey. In September 2017, ten members of staff skydived over St Aubin’s Bay in Jersey, raising £1,000 for Jersey Alzheimer’s Association [37]

JT has been the principal sponsor of National Coding Week since its inception in September 2014 . It is one of two Platinum Sponsors, alongside CodexCPD, the training and development business owned by the founders of National Coding Week, Richard Rolfe and Jordan Love.[38]

In October 2017, JT announced the results of its 2017 Directory recycling campaign. 25 Jersey primary schools collected over 8,000 telephone directories. JT donated a touch-screen tablet computer for every 150 directories collected.[39]

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b "Essential services under review". jerseyeveningpost.com.
  3. ^ [www.statesassembly.gov.je]
  4. ^ a b [www.gov.je]
  5. ^ [www.statesassembly.gov.je]
  6. ^ "JT to lay a £7m cable to the UK". jerseyeveningpost.com.
  7. ^ "JT Group Brochure - September 2015".
  8. ^ "Jersey, Guernsey To Get Broadband Boost - Silicon UK". 8 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Jersey Telecom changes name to JT". 13 September 2011 – via www.bbc.com.
  10. ^ [guernseypress.com]
  11. ^ Express, Bailiwick. "JT 4G coverage extends to more parishes". Bailiwick Express. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  12. ^ Express, Bailiwick. "JT completes Jersey's first 4G network". Bailiwick Express. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Free wi-fi around world for JT fibre customers". jerseyeveningpost.com. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  14. ^ "JT and Sony Test Low-Power Wide-Area Wireless Network on Jersey UPDATE".
  15. ^ "Do the Channel Islands dream of electric sheep?". BL Global.
  16. ^ "ZTE and JT to launch 5G test network in Jersey".
  17. ^ "New deal signals arrival of 5G in Jersey". Bailiwick Express.
  18. ^ "Jersey's First TechAwards Winners Announced".
  19. ^ [www.statesassembly.gov.je]
  20. ^ "BBC News – Jersey fibre broadband plan 'behind schedule', says minister". Bbc.co.uk. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  21. ^ "First homes connected to JT Group (Jersey) fibre trial | thinkbroadband". www.thinkbroadband.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  22. ^ "£40m 'gigabit Island' in trouble?". jerseyeveningpost.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  23. ^ "JT's super-fast broadband installation project will finish behind schedule – by as much as three years". jerseyeveningpost.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  24. ^ "JT Global: About Us: Our History". JT Global. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  25. ^ "JT global broadband roll out delayed until 2018". ITV News. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  26. ^ [jerseyeveningpost.com]
  27. ^ "Fibre island: How Jersey went ultra-fast". BBC.
  28. ^ "Island broadband speeds among fastest in world".
  29. ^ E-scape. "JT's lab facility goes global". www.dqmagazine.com.
  30. ^ "Licences in issue". The Channel Islands Competition & Regulatory Authorities.
  31. ^ What are Jersey Telecom and Gigabit Jersey?, Recombu, 26th November 2012
  32. ^ "Jersey Live axed: Island's biggest music festival ends after 13 years". jerseyeveningpost.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  33. ^ Express, Bailiwick. "Cobo Bay Hotel Summer Balcony Gigs return in 2017". Bailiwick Express. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  34. ^ "JT Market Rocks » Events & Culture". Guernsey Market Buildings. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  35. ^ "House on Herm 2017 – House Events". House Events. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  36. ^ Express, Bailiwick. "£25,000 raised for baby charities by JT". Bailiwick Express. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  37. ^ Express, Bailiwick. "JT Daredevils skydive for dementia". Bailiwick Express. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  38. ^ Josifovska, Svetlana. "National Coding Week returns for 2017 to get the nation coding". www.electronicsworld.co.uk. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  39. ^ "JT donates tablets to local primary schools". www.telecompaper.com. Retrieved 8 October 2017.

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