By enabling the first customers onto its new fibre network, JT hopes to get valuable real-time customer experiences and feedback, which will then be used to help shape future roll out plans. The pilot focusses on two key areas; firstly to understand the market demand for fibre in Guernsey; and secondly to gain some further technical learnings to assess the end-to-end deployment processes required.
Investing in a fibre-optic network for Guernsey is a part of JT’s commitment to bring superfast broadband to the Islands and this is an important next stage through live trials in a residential setting. JT’s Managing Director, Paul Taylor explained: “Islanders will be aware over the past couple of years we’ve been carrying out essential road works which are a necessary part of our network expansion plans. Our priority last year was to complete and expand our Fibre rollout to schools and government buildings, and we are delighted to now confirm our first residential trial is underway in St Peter Port. We’ll shortly be extending the trial to a number of apartments in Number One St Julian’s Avenue as well, where we will continue to gain valuable learning’s in order to progress our Fibre programme in Guernsey. We’ve worked closely with the developer of One St Julian’s Avenue, who had the vision to invest in future-proofing communications for their residents by installing fibre-optic cabling upfront in the build process, which is something we’d urge other local developers to consider.
“So far we have invested around £7 million to help provide islanders with the fastest and most reliable fixed broadband services and in order to help future-proof our Island’s communications infrastructure. Whether it’s shopping online, e-gaming, streaming films/TV/music or communicating and social networking, our aim is for the JT network to be able to match our customers increasing demand for fast, reliable broadband now and in the future. This is an exciting part of our continued investment in the Channel Islands, along with our current 4G roll-out programme to help provide the appropriate communication infrastructure and build scalable networks to meet our customers’ future speed and data demands. We hope this investment helps lay the foundations to make our islands an even more attractive proposition for future inward investment and business relocation.”