JT Global, which offers telecoms services on both Jersey and Guernsey under the JT banner, has issued an update on its 4G rollout, announcing that it is one step closer to a commercial launch having replaced equipment on a small number of its mobile masts across the islands. With tests of LTE technology also understood to have been carried out, the operator’s chief operations and technology officer Dave Newbold noted: ‘Our significant investment in this new world class 4G network will not only enable superfast data speeds, but will also drastically improve the existing mobile data services. The new network will greatly benefit all JT customers who use mobile phones, tablets and dongles to get a much better connection when they are in buildings, or in areas where the signal is currently not as strong.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, JT was named among three companies to have been awarded 4G-suitable spectrum by the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authority (CICRA) in July 2014. JT, Sure and Airtel were all successful with bids for new frequencies, with the regulator saying at that date that it had begun working with the UK’s telecoms watchdog Ofcom to ensure that local consumers had access to 4G services as soon as possible. Meanwhile, for their part the trio of cellcos committed to a rollout timetable, while also pledging to meet certain levels on speed and coverage.