Innovation consultants join JT Group to promote JT Lab

Innovation consultants join JT Group to promote JT Lab

JT Group has welcomed two new strategy and innovation consultants to act as ambassadors for JT and to provide support for its global team in promoting JT Lab around the world.

JT Group is a Tier 1 communications service provider with a truly global reach and an established presence across Europe, the USA and Asia.  JT Lab is its live research and development test facility based in Jersey, Channel Islands – 14 miles off the French coast in the English Channel – that is hosted on JT’s Gigabit infrastructure and makes use of JT’s Fibre-to-the-Home and mobile networks.

By bringing Steve Bell and Joseph Dahan on board as consultants based in the USA and Israel respectively, JT is establishing a local presence and is taking the next step in its endeavours to attract new business from and to build on existing networks in these specific markets.

Mark Stuchfield, VP for JT Lab, said:

“We are very pleased to announce the appointment of two high profile individuals as consultants for JT Lab in countries that have the highest levels of innovation and are home to some very exciting start-ups.Both Steve and Joseph share our vision and belief that JT Lab offers a genuinely unique opportunity to these businesses and their vast experience, global networks and industry know-how make them excellent additions to the team.

“Building strategic partnerships with companies in these two important markets is part and parcel of JT fulfilling its vision to become the partner of choice for global telecoms innovation and cement our role as the Channel Islands largest most trusted Tier 1 communications service provider.”

Steve Bell, based in Chicago, USA, is founder and president of KeySo Global LLC. He is an accomplished strategy, marketing and technology consultant, analyst, speaker and commentator on the mobile Internet and its impact on digital life. He has worked with Motorola for over 20 years in Europe and the USA, and has an in-depth understanding of international trends, markets and cultures. He is an international advisor to the ICIN Conference and the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET) as well as a member of the ITU Telecom World Technical Program Committee.

Joseph Dahan, based in Israel, has 15 years of experience, managing innovation and technology for medium and large telecom operators, in fast growth environments. He worked for Noos (the largest French cable operator, later acquired by Numericable), to start their broadband and voice businesses, taking them to a €200 million of annual revenues, from a standing start. He built the services and managed technology activities. He was hired by BT in London, to focus on innovation, supporting the Chief Technology Officer to develop new products and services for BT businesses worldwide. He then ran the innovation scouting activity in Europe and Israel for BT, identifying innovative start-ups in the areas of software, mobile, video, advertising among others, thanks to an extensive network of entrepreneurs, private investors and venture capitalists.

Based on this experience, Joseph founded EdenChange, to help mature organizations innovate by partnering with outstanding technology startups. EdenChange provides technology scouting and innovation expertise to its clients, across a large array of industries.

Mr. Stuchfield continued: “Our overriding strategy is to partner with leading tech businesses which can utilize the testing and research facility provided by JT Lab to bring new products and services to market. Just last year a team of world renowned internet security specialists called SecurityDAM, part of the global RAD Group, began testing their innovative new cloud-based systems with us and this lead to a joint-venture which enabled us to launch a Cyber-security attack mitigation service based on the world-class software that had been developed in JT Lab.”

JT is the only Tier 1 carrier in the world that is offering its networks and customer base for companies to trial their technology, products and services before launching worldwide. JT Lab provides a contained, safe test environment where key learnings can be captured on a small scale prior to larger scale rollout. Real, live market tests of new services can be delivered and experienced by Jersey consumers and enterprises with the option to provide global testing utilizing our 500 + roaming agreements.

JT Lab offers the potential to build, test, and deploy services from world-class JT facilities with truly high speed international connectivity.  JT has a much leaner organizational structure than any other Tier 1 carrier making us approachable and agile meaning JT can make decisions in days and weeks, not quarters and years.