JT (formerly Jersey Telecom) is taking the Channel Islands Competition Regulatory Authority (CICRA) to court in a bid to block plans to allow other firms to offer fixed line telephony services on the island. The BBC reports that the watchdog sought to introduce competition in the wireline sector from June this year, but delayed the move until at least November after protests from JT. Daragh McDermott, JT’s director of corporate affairs, admitted that the company lost GBP1.6 million (USD2.5 million) on its wireline business in 2012, and harbours strong reservations over the mooted introduction of competition. He commented: ‘We hope to continue constructive dialogue with the regulator … without some changes JT simply would not have been able to implement the decision on time. This process will allow the Royal Court to give its decision, which will then provide clarity on the best way forward’.
Meanwhile, Graham Hughes, CEO of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC)-backed Sure Jersey, commented: ‘We fully support the regulator … and like many Jersey people, I call on JT to side with customers for once and deliver the choice and cost savings they need so much during this period of economic difficulty. Every day JT delays is costing islanders the choice they deserve whilst protecting the company’s own profits’.