JT Global, which operates on both Guernsey and Jersey, has announced the official launch of 4G services on the latter island. Confirming that consumers could now access its new GBP12 million (USD18.5 million) LTE-based network via six sites in St. Ouen, JT’s chief operations and technology officer Dave Newbold said of the development: ‘We’re really excited to have launched the first 4G sites on Jersey. We’ve invested over GBP12 million in a state-of-the-art LTE Advanced 4G network that will drastically improve mobile data services for Islanders. Our new network is expandable and can be regularly upgraded to ensure we are able to take advantage of any new advancement in mobile technology. In addition, it will also ensure significantly improved data connections in buildings.’ While a launch has yet to be announced on Guernsey, meanwhile, the company said it was ‘progressing with plans’, though it stopped short of giving a launch date.
Alongside the 4G-related announcement, JT noted that it has also taken the opportunity to implement a new 3G service – referred to as ‘U900’ – which it claims will see ‘a significant improvement in the coverage of … 3G data services across the islands’. Furthermore, the company has said that it plans to provide downlink speeds of up to 42Mbps via every mobile site across the Channel Islands, suggesting the rollout of dual-carrier HSPA+ (DC-HSPA+) technology; such speeds had previously only been available in congested areas, such as St Peter Port’s town centre.