JT's rollout of its 4G network has progressed further from the six pilot sites in St Ouen, to another 12 sites across the Island in the parishes of St John, St Mary and St Lawrence.
JT’s new network is currently the only live 4G network in the Channel Islands and as the rollout is progressing faster than originally anticipated they are planning to launch more sites on a weekly basis in order to deliver superfast mobile data speeds to more Islanders. Customers can follow progress online to see daily updates at www.jtglobal.com/4G
JT’s Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Dave Newbold, said: “This is an exciting milestone in our delivery of 4G across the Channel Islands and we are pleased to announce our progress. Following the launch of six 4G sites in St Ouen last month we have been able to conduct all of the necessary testing of the new network, which has been very successful. Now the testing phase is complete we are aiming to launch new 4G sites each week.
“By combining our new 4G and superfast fibre‐optic broadband networks together, our customers are now beginning to experience not only seamless coverage wherever they are on Jersey, but enjoy some of the fastest data speeds in the world. Importantly, as we continue to rollout our new network our customers will also be able to
enjoy much improved 3G data services as well. 4G offers many advantages to mobile data users and we are committed to bringing these to all Islanders as soon as we possibly can.”
All 4G capable handsets will work on the new JT network apart from LG and Samsung, who prevent their handsets from being used on all new 4G networks until testing has been carried out first. Testing of JT”s network has now been completed by both manufactures and updates are available for the majority of their models.
JT has invested over £12 million in a state-of-the-art Long Term Evolution (LTE) Advanced 4G network to drastically improve mobile data services for Islanders. The new network is also expandable and therefore able to be easily upgraded for when the latest mobile technologies, such as 5G, become widely available. JT’s 4G service is not a premium service meaning that whether the customer is using 2G, 3G or 4G the price will be the same, unlike some operators in other markets that apply a premium price the 4G data services.
To start enjoying the benefits that 4G delivers, customers will need a 4G enabled mobile handset and once connected can enjoy 100% faster data connections and better quality streaming on video-calling apps such as Facetime and Skype. For the typical 4G user, download speeds will be at least twice as fast as the speed currently available on the existing 3G network.
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