JT to trial new network in Jersey

JT has worked with Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation and Sony Europe Limited to create the Island’s second ‘LPWA’ network – a Low-Power, Wide-Area Network that allows devices to connect to the internet and complements JT’s 3G/4G cellular connectivity.

JT is investing in new networks, in collaboration with Digital Jersey, to expand its ‘Internet of Things’ (‘IoT’) offering – which lets everyday devices collect and share data automatically.

Sony saw the benefit of testing its LPWA technology in Jersey because of the Island’s super-fast fibre network, its varied terrain and the population’s digital connectivity.

To demonstrate the potential of the radio technology, JT deployed just two receivers in the central and southern region of the Island. Extensive drive and walk tests were undertaken by Sony Europe’s engineers to confirm the extent of the coverage offered (see below) and hence the potential low cost of operating a network using this innovative technology.

Tom Noel, Managing Director of JT International, said: “Jersey is the perfect location to run new networks and companies interested in IoT technology can use Jersey as a testbed for

their own products and services. The LPWA technology is relatively new but its potential to interact with IoT technology is vast and will eventually change the way we live, work and do business. Sony’s LPWA technology performed better than expected so JT is primed to provide its customers with the best access to IoT technologies and full connectivity.

“Thanks to a collaboration with Digital Jersey, Jersey will also soon be home to a dedicated IoT Lab, based at one of JT’s exchanges, which will offer companies the opportunity to collaborate on innovative product development, share resources and turn ideas into commercial ventures. JT continues to invest internationally, bringing technology and partnerships back to the Channel Islands to benefit the local smart economy.”

Sony’s LPWA technology is designed for devices that are required to send relatively small amounts of data over long periods of time using low levels of power. Potential examples include:

– Collecting data from sensors monitoring water metering, heat regulation or congestion, which would help Jersey businesses conduct operations more efficiently and cost effectively while gaining greater insight into trends and behaviour.

– Sensors recording temperature, air quality and humidity could give asthma sufferers greater knowledge of their environment, allowing them to better prepare for the day in order to manage their symptoms.

Steve Beck, GM of Telecoms R&D at Sony Europe Limited, said: “JT’s assistance during the trial was excellent and we really appreciated their support. While it wasn’t possible to drive down every road in the time available, we covered a large number of routes and were pleased to confirm such wide coverage using just two receivers.”

JT is already a global leader in the Internet of Things with over 1.4 million JT SIM cards connecting devices worldwide, from heart monitors in Canada to payment systems in West Africa.


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JT donates £10,000 to Jersey Alzheimer’s Association

JT has handed over £10,000 to Jersey Alzheimer’s Association after a year of fundraising by employees, which was matched by the company.

At the beginning of 2017, Jersey Alzheimer’s Association was chosen by employees as JT’s Charity of the Year. Over the course of the year, employees raised money in a variety of ways, from wrapping Christmas presents for customers in JT’s Queen Street store to auctioning off a giant cardboard cut-out of a Pug dog.

In June, staff held a Charity Day, where fundraising activities ranged from teams wearing mis-matched shoes through to various cake and food sales. Thirty-five employees also signed up to become ‘JT Daredevils’. Ten were selected at random and, in September, the intrepid Skydive volunteers plunged at 130 mph for 30 seconds from 10,000 feet above St Aubin’s Bay before parachuting down to land close to the Gunsite slipway.

Christophe Château, JT Group Head of Culture and Staff Engagement, said: “We’ve had great fun supporting Jersey Alzheimer’s Association this year and my thanks go to the charity for their enthusiasm and willingness to get involved – it has been a partnership from day one.  Jersey Alzheimer’s also held 2 educational workshops in JT, helping us understand Alzheimer’s and the activities and services provided by the charity.   Although the money will help to fund an important service, I hope we’ve also helped to raise awareness of the charity, its work and the disease, which is expected to affect more and more Islanders as our community gets older.”

Mark Blamey, Manager of Jersey Alzheimer’s Association, said: “Jersey Alzheimer’s Association is extremely grateful for the wonderful staff at JT who kindly chose to support our charity throughout 2017.  Due to JT’s amazing efforts, the £10,000 will cover the cost of running our Drop-in Centre at de Carteret House in Hillgrove Street for six months.

“The Drop-in Centre is open from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm, and at other times if people let us know beforehand.  Anyone is welcome to visit to get information about the help that is available for people with dementia and care providers, both from Jersey Alzheimer’s Association and related organisations.”


International Womens Day Jo Waring Hockley

JT welcomes new Group HR Director

JT has announced the appointment of Jo Waring-Hockley as Human Resources Director.

Jo brings over 28 years of HR experience to the Channel Islands’ leading telecommunications provider. Previously Human Resources Director at Jersey Electricity, she has worked in a number of sectors in the UK and internationally, including engineering, transport, retail and communications.

In her new role at JT, Jo will oversee the resourcing strategy; work alongside the executive team on strategic planning; help enhance the experience of customers, and serve as a link between the company’s management and its 600+ employees. Her international experience will be especially important as JT continues to grow worldwide. Today, over 60 per cent of JT’s revenue comes from outside of Jersey.

JT Chief Executive Officer Graeme Millar said: “I am delighted to welcome someone of Jo’s calibre to JT. Her broad experience across a variety of sectors, countries and different business types makes her a perfect fit for the Group, which is expanding internationally so revenues can be reinvested into our Channel Island networks. With a strong track record of developing HR strategies to deliver commercial solutions to support business imperatives, growth and change, Jo will be a huge asset to the whole JT family.

“‘Being there for our customers and putting their needs first is at the heart of what we do, and Jo will play a key role in helping us maintain that promise to our customers.”

Jo said: “It’s an exciting time to be joining JT, as the company expands its fibre network across the Channel Islands and invests in future technology, such as the Internet of Things. This role gives me the opportunity to develop my own skills in a forward-thinking environment, where I can use my experience, leadership skills and industry knowledge to enhance existing staff programmes and introduce new ones.

“Although JT is at the cutting edge of technological developments, its future will ultimately be built on the quality of its people and the experience they give customers, and I’m looking forward to playing my part in developing JT’s essential human capital.”

Jo Waring-Hockley has a BA Hons in History and Post Grad MA in Executive Coaching. She is a member of a number of professional bodies including the Fellow Institute of Directors, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the British Psychological Society.


CommScope Award Helier Mabbs and team

JT Partners with CommScope as PartnerPRO

Channel Islands, January 2018 — JT, a full-service Tier-1 global consumer and business enterprise provider with over 120-years’ heritage, has successfully completed the requirements to become an integrator installer in the CommScope PartnerPRO® Network. As an integrator installer, JT can offer its customers the peace of mind that comes from working with a recognised industry leader.

“We believe that becoming an integrator installer partner with CommScope will be a mutually beneficial relationship for both companies and our customers,” said Helier Mabbs, JT’s Global Deployment Manager. “By partnering with CommScope, JT strengthens its ability to install world-class infrastructure solutions for business enterprise networks.”

The PartnerPRO Network consists of consultants, integrators, installers, distributors and alliance partners trained and certified by CommScope to deliver the company’s broad range of network solutions. By becoming a CommScope partner, companies can differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Partners can earn additional accreditation for specific CommScope solutions, which confirms expertise in those solutions. CommScope offers its partners training and certification through its market leading CommScope Infrastructure Academy, among other benefits.

“We are excited to welcome JT into the growing family of integrator installer in our global PartnerPRO Network,” said Stephen Kowal, senior vice president, Global Partners, CommScope. “By awarding this designation to JT CommScope is expressing its confidence that JT has the skilled professional staff needed to service its customers in a high-quality manner.”


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JT statement on States of Jersey telecoms strategy

Graeme Millar, JT CEO, commented:

“JT welcomes the new Telecoms Strategy as it gives a clear way forward for what we believe is a critical industry for the Island, both from social and economic points of view.

The policy acknowledges the considerable benefit to the Island of having a full-fibre network connecting all broadband customers – that network will be finished in just a couple of months, putting Jersey in the number one spot across the world in terms of the percentage of its residents directly connected to super-fast broadband.

With a completed full-fibre broadband network, JT will be steadily increasing the speeds available for its customers in 2018 – both upload and download – to make sure that Jersey residents and businesses can keep pace with the global digital revolution.

The policy sets out the need for an “advanced digital infrastructure” to enable the Island to drive forward both socially and economically; JT looks forward to continuing its key role in providing that infrastructure, and making sure it is resilient, as we have done for decades through the development of the local financial services industry, which relies on its global links.

The strategy fits perfectly with our own ethos of being, ‘always on, always there, always enabling’ and will help us to push forward with our drive to make the Channel Islands one of the most digitally-connected places in the world.”

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