JT strikes Wi-Fi partnership deal with Fon

27 Mar 2014

JT Jersey (formerly Jersey Telecom) and the self-styled ‘global Wi-Fi sharing network’ Fon have announced a new partnership which they claim will ‘dramatically increase the availability of free Wi-Fi for [JT’s] customers, both in Jersey, and when roaming’. Under the terms of the deal, JT customers will share a small portion of the bandwidth from their home router so that others on the Fon network can access it without charge when they are in range. It is understood that the Fon technology will be made available to all JT broadband customers which are connected via the telco’s new fibre-optic network, with around 29% of its subscriber base having already been switched across to this infrastructure; JT aims to complete its fibre deployment in 2016.

Commenting on the deal, Barna Kutvolgyi, managing Director for JT’s Global Consumer Unit was cited as saying: ‘I’m delighted to be able to announce this partnership with Fon today, as it will dramatically increase the availability of free Wi-Fi to JT customers, both at home, and when they are roaming,’ adding: ‘Once we have completed the installation of the fibre network, it will effectively mean that free Wi-Fi is available right across the island.’

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