New Chair appointed at JT

JT Group has today announced that one of the UK’s leading technologists, Phil Male, has succeeded John Stares as its Chair. Mr Stares stood down at the end of March, after completing five years in the Chair role, and ten years on the Group Board.

Mr Male has been a non-executive director of JT since 2011, and previously chaired the Group’s nomination committee, as well as sitting on its audit and remuneration committees. He has been at the forefront of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sector for almost 30 years, founded two successful start-ups, completed two listings on the London Stock Exchange, and held executive roles at some of the sector’s leading firms, including Demon Internet, The Press Association, Scottish Telecom, THUS, and Cable&Wireless.

Since 2015, Mr Male has worked with investment houses across Europe specialising in telecoms and technology and sat on numerous boards including Virtual1, Kondor, JANet Commercial and The Data Communications Company. He is also a non-executive director of Comic Relief and a guest lecturer at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School.

Mr Male said: “One of the things that originally attracted me to JT was the ambitious aim of turning Jersey into one of the most connected places on the planet. The importance of the full-fibre network in Jersey should not be underestimated – it is a social and economic enabler in a world that is only becoming more digital, a truly world-class platform, something that both JT and Jersey should be proud of – it has been a privilege to be part of the story so far.

“I know more than most that the success JT enjoys is down to the hard work put in around the clock by the fantastic teams across the business both on and off the island. I’m pleased that JT is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of talent through our apprentice, bursary and graduate programmes – programmes I’m personally committed to developing further.”

Graeme Millar, Chief Executive Officer of JT, said: “Phil becomes Chairman at an exciting time for JT, as we deliver on our promise to be ‘always on, always there and always enabling.’ We now have a clear structure in place to develop both locally and internationally, bringing new products and services to a growing global audience while never losing sight of our Channel Island home.

“Growing revenue outside of Jersey and Guernsey has allowed us to invest in our local networks, not least our ambitious full-fibre project in Jersey, which will be completed very soon. Phil’s guidance will be invaluable to me and the executive team at this strategically important time for the business.”

Tony Moretta, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Jersey, said: “Phil is an acknowledged global expert in the digital and telecoms sector, not least through his position as a Cambridge lecturer and his involvement with The Data Communications Company. To have someone of his gravitas lead JT is a serious feather in the cap for Jersey.”

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Avaya edge diamond partner JT

JT customers to benefit from ‘Diamond partnership’ with Avaya

JT has become the first telecoms operator in the Channel Islands to become a Diamond partner of Avaya – the US-based multinational technology company – bringing significant benefits to customers in Jersey and Guernsey.

Avaya enables the mission-critical, real-time communication applications of the world’s most important operations. As the global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, it provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact centre and unified communications with integrated, secure networking – offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid.

Paul D Taylor, Senior Vice President at JT EMEA, said: “JT is already a member of the Avaya Edge Partner Programme, which means JT and our customers benefit from extra support, more training and earlier access to new products and services. Achieving this status is highly sought after and our people undertook rigorous external scrutiny to reach it. This is a testament to our capabilities as a partner and their view of our on-going high levels of customer service and satisfaction.

“This latest endorsement from Avaya helps us to further differentiate JT in the marketplace and provides a tangible competitive edge and strengthens our position as one of their most accredited Channel Island partners. Diamond partners are the most trusted, so it is a great honour to reach the standard and a credit to the professionalism of our sales and technical teams.”

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JT and La Collette flats make communications history in Jersey

La Collette has made history by being the first part of the Island to remove the copper network in its entirety; paving the way for a full-fibre future.

The area’s network of copper wires and cabinets – which has served the community reliably for decades – has now been removed. In its place is a full-fibre network, capable of meeting the demands of today’s residents and businesses, who increasingly rely on products and services delivered digitally.

The switchover has been carried out by JT in partnership with Andium Homes, which has recently replaced 59 homes at La Collette with 147 new builds that meet the UK Decent Homes Standard, a benchmark of quality and efficiency.

Daragh McDermott, JT’s Director of Corporate Affairs, said: “As part of their plans for redevelopment, Andium Homes approached us to ask how we might be able to move our copper cables and cabinets from the area. We took the opportunity to move all customer services onto our new, full-fibre network, given that the copper network is being switched off Island-wide.

“The result will be new, modern housing connected to a full-fibre network that is capable of delivering the highest broadband quality and speeds available anywhere in the world.”
Mike Porter, Andium Homes’ Head of Operations, said: “It has been fantastic to work with JT on this project.

The demolition and rebuild is all about giving our residents homes that are fit for the future, which is exactly what JT is doing in communications. The arrival of fibre is great news for our own residents as well as the wider community.”

The removal of copper services and equipment from La Collette is the start of a phased project that will continue throughout 2018 as the remaining properties on the old network are moved onto JT’s full-fibre network across the Island.

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JT Director, Tom Noel, shortlisted in prestigious IoD awards

JT has learned that Tom Noel, Managing Director of JT International, has been shortlisted in the 2018 Institute of Directors Jersey, Director of the Year Awards. Tom has been nominated in the Director of the Year – Innovation category. 

 Jersey born and educated, Tom has led JT International since 2016. The division (formerly called JT Wholesale) is charged with utilising capacity in JT’s world-class infrastructure by developing new global business streams. Promoting a culture of innovation among his team of 60 people, Tom has developed and successfully sold a number of market-leading products, built on JT’s 700+ roaming agreements with other mobile network operators.

JT Chief Executive Officer Graeme Millar said: “I’m delighted to see Tom shortlisted for these prestigious awards. Having been honoured to have received an IoD award in 2012, I’m aware that Jersey is fortunate to have so many capable leaders and it is important that we recognise and celebrate their contribution.

“Tom left Jersey to go to university in the UK and he later worked in Switzerland and Ireland before returning to Jersey, in the knowledge that his skills and experience would be valuable. JT is fortunate to be part of a growing digital sector in Jersey, and I hope Tom’s shortlisting inspires others to explore the many opportunities available locally in the technology and digital industries.

“Tom’s nomination also recognises the important contribution of JT International, which not only allows JT to invest global revenues back into the Channel Islands but also enables new technologies to be used locally, such as an innovative low-power radio network that we have recently built in partnership with Sony.”

The winners will be announced at the IoD Jersey Director of the Year Awards Gala Dinner on Friday 27 April at the Hotel de France.  All Jersey winners will be put forward for the UK IoD Director of the Year Final Awards later this year.

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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 IoD Winter Seminar

JT sponsored IoD seminar to assess impact of Carlyle ruling

The next seminar in the Institute of Directors’ winter series, sponsored by JT, will discuss if the conclusion of the much-publicised Carlyle Capital Corporation case raises or lowers the bar for company directors.

The Carlyle case ended in Guernsey’s Royal Court in September, when senior executives at US-based The Carlyle Group were cleared of negligence in a seven-year case brought against them by liquidators valued at more than £1 billion, making it the largest case in the Island’s history.

The action related to the collapse of Guernsey investment fund Carlyle Capital Corp (CCC) in 2008 in the wake of the global financial crash, and related to US$23 billion that the respondents borrowed in mortgage-backed securities, leading to around US$1billion total losses for investors. The case, specifically for breach of duty and wrongful trading, was brought by liquidators for CCC, and the respondents included Bill Conway, a co-founder of the global investment group.

While the judgment has provided clarity in respect to certain obligations of directors, the seminar will fully discuss the implications for executive and non-executive directors. Does it bring comfort to them or raise the prospect of more litigation? And do the rewards of leadership still outweigh the risks?

In the panel session, lawyers Gareth Bell and Ian Swan – who represented non-executive directors and directors respectively in the Carlyle case – will discuss its implications and draw on other leading cases in this area. They will be joined by independent directors Anne Ewing, Peter Mills and Rupert Dorey, who will add their own experiences, knowledge and backgrounds to the discussion.

Graeme Millar, CEO of JT, said: “We are pleased to once again be supporting the IoD to provide topical events for its membership. The second in the series discusses the outcome of the lengthy Carlyle case, which attracted international media attention and its implications are far reaching. It’s great to see IoD Guernsey getting together to cover areas of such relevance to the business community.”

The seminar will be held on 26 January in the Dorey Room at St James, 12.30 pm – 2 pm.

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JT Greame Millar meets Andorra Telco

JT and Andorra Telecom sign exchange agreement

JT has signed an agreement with the national telecoms company of Andorra to work together in areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and information security.

The cooperation programme will also promote the professional development of employees. Staff will be seconded from JT to Andorra Telecom and vice versa to share knowledge and experience, identify how the companies can work closer together, and promote multicultural and dynamic working environments.

The agreement was signed on Monday 11 December by JT Chief Executive Officer Graeme Millar and his counterpart at Andorra Telecom, Jordi Nadal.

Mr Millar said: “Like JT, Andorra Telecom is a government-owned company that punches above its weight on the international stage. We’ve both invested in full-fibre broadband networks and are developing innovative IoT services to help devices connect with each other automatically. This partnership makes perfect sense because we’re moving in the same direction but still have a lot to learn from each other. “It will also be an added incentive for staff in both companies to expand their horizons and learn new technical, functional or managerial skills, and promote creativity, flexibility, initiative and commitment. Ultimately, it is a win-win.”

Mr Nadal said: “From Andorra Telecom’s perspective, we’re particularly interested in JT’s knowledge of networks, its work in the IoT space and the way it has expanded globally. Equally, I hope our own experience in fibre-optic technology and information security will be of great interest to JT.

“Although, geographically, Andorra and the Channel Islands are very different, as telecoms operators, we face similar challenges and this new agreement will be insightful and rewarding for both partners.”

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JT Ookla fastest network 2017

JT wins independent award for having fastest mobile network in the Channel Islands

JT has once again been confirmed as the fastest mobile carrier in the Channel Islands and Internet Service Provider in Jersey by Ookla – the globally recognised leader in Internet performance testing and metrics for broadband and mobile networks.

Results from all networks across the Islands were analysed by Ookla, which runs Speedtest, the world’s most popular Internet performance testing service. Consumer-initiated test results using Speedtest by Ookla confirm that JT has faster Speed Scores than any of its competitors.

The tests were carried out from April to September in 2017 using industry-approved methodology. Ookla’s results are widely trusted by regulators, trade groups and analysts. They are used by virtually every major mobile carrier and Internet Service Provider in the world, including being used by the GSMA. Each day, over eight million tests are carried out on Speedtest and their customers include Microsoft, Cisco and Vodafone.

Daragh McDermott, Director of Corporate Affairs at JT, said: “The Channel Islands are well served by mobile and broadband operators and these results from Ookla simply help people decide who to choose.

“JT has invested tens of millions of pounds in our 4G and fibre networks across our islands so it is pleasing to receive a third-party endorsement confirming our investment is having a positive impact. That said, we can never rest on our laurels and as the Channel Islands’ only locally owned provider, JT will continue to invest to ensure that residents and businesses have resilient, reliable and speedy communications now and for the future.”

Jamie Steven, EVP of Operations at Ookla, said: “We at Speedtest by Ookla congratulate JT for the standout performance of their network speed, for a second year in a row. A reliable network and the internet are now integral to so many of our lives and it is already becoming difficult to imagine a world without it. JT is ensuring that the Channel Islands will remain at the leading edge of this digital revolution.”

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JT develops global IoT network with Inmarsat

JT and Inmarsat have announced the formation of a new strategic partnership to deliver a total connectivity solution for Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The global network will combine Inmarsat’s existing satellite communication infrastructure and cellular data provided by JT. This will enable Inmarsat’s customers to access a global connectivity network from a single provider to deliver the next generation of IoT technology.

JT SIM cards now power over 1.4 million devices worldwide. The majority of these are connected to the Internet of Things – a global network of ‘smart’ devices sending and receiving data, from heart-rate monitors in Canada to payment systems in East Africa.

Tom Noel, Managing Director of JT International, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Inmarsat in rolling out a global connectivity solution, to support its IoT network. With over 600 direct roaming partners, we can offer a multi-network communications solution that spans almost every country in the world, and our M2M (Machine-to-Machine) SIM solution is purpose-built to deliver the connectivity required for IoT. We are looking forward to taking this partnership with Inmarsat forward and continuing to service our customers with high-speed, reliable connectivity, wherever they are in the world.”

Paul Gudonis, President of Inmarsat Enterprise, said: “This is a hugely important partnership for Inmarsat. Integrating a global cellular solution with our satellite communication network means that we can provide all of the connectivity necessary for an IoT installation, to anywhere in the world. This gives us a much more powerful offering when we bring our IoT solutions to the market, as it means our customers only need to liaise with one provider, not go to one company for satellite connectivity and another for cellular data.”

In the first demonstration of the transformative potential of a global IoT network, JT and Inmarsat have worked with Actility to establish a smart city initiative in Kigali, Rwanda. The satellite-enabled, city-wide IoT network utilises JT’s M2M SIM cards within Actility’s base stations to create the connectivity gateways required for IoT applications. This connectivity solution has enabled a variety of large scale IoT projects to be deployed in Kigali, including a smart bus project, real-time monitoring of air pollution level, precision farming and a connected surveillance system.

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About Inmarsat
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat operates around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.

About Inmarsat Enterprise
Inmarsat Enterprise is enabling the connected world. Focusing on the provision of satellite connectivity and IoT solutions for land-based businesses, Inmarsat Enterprise operates globally across a diverse set of sectors including agritech, aid and NGO, energy, media, mining and transport. Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat operates around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

 



JT at the Glotel telecoms award

JT’s pioneering fibre project highly commended at Global Telecoms Award

Gigabit Jersey – JT’s project that will soon see every home and business in the Island connected directly to super-fast broadband – has been Highly Commended in the Fixed Network Evolution category at the world’s premier telecoms award, the ‘Glotels’.

The Gigabit Jersey project began in 2012 and over 94%* of premises have now been directly connected to the fibre network. It means that Jersey is now ranked first in the world in terms of percentage of premises with a full-fibre connection to broadband. Upon completion, it will be the global leader.

It will also allow the Island to become the first in the world to completely replace its ageing copper wire network – which has served the telecoms industry well for over a century – with fast, reliable and secure fibre-optic cables.

Now in its fifth year, the Global Telecoms Awards celebrates a broad range of accolades, including ‘Connected Cars’, ‘AI Initiative of the Year’ and ‘TV/Video Innovation’. Companies shortlisted in JT’s category included UAE-based Etisalat and TDC Group, Denmark’s largest telecoms operator.

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