JT is progressing well with its plan to remove its copper local loop, and install a full fibre solution to the 42,000 properties on the island. The roll-out has passed the key 1,000 properties connected milestone. Of those homes connected around 1% have elected to buy the Gigabit service, and 3% are buying the 100 Mbps service.
Crucially for residents and businesses the removal of the copper network means that people can regrade to the equivalent package but using a fibre connection. The price and usage allowances remain the same, but for those keen to enjoy the much faster speeds that fibre offers there are options for faster services.
|Download Speed||Upload Speed||Usage Allowance||Price|
|1 Gbps||100 Mbps||50 GB||£59.99|
|100 Mbps||20 Mbps||50 GB||£44.99|
|16 Mbps||736 Kbps||40GB||£34.99|
|8 Mbps||640 Kbps||40GB||£27.99|
|4 Mbps||512 Kbps||20GB||£22.99|
|2 Mbps||384 Kbps||10GB||£17.99|
Extra usage allowance costs 30p per GB, and even those who opt for the slower packages will see an improvement compared to the old ADSL2+ services, as the connection will be a fixed speed rather than varying based on line length, and latency should be much more stable.
Some may think that 1,000 homes sounds a small figure, but this is actual homes connected and taking a service. The more usual figure to quote is the 'homes passed' and that stands at 15,000 currently, these homes will get connected over the next few months, with the roll-out continuing until all properties are connected in 2016.