Good news in Jersey, JT has got over one third of its customers upgraded onto its full fibre network, hitting this target apparently two weeks early. This means 8,479 broadband customers in Jersey are using one of the four residential tariffs that include a speed guarantee.
The speed guarantee is interesting because it is something many have campaigned for in the UK, and guaranteeing 50 Mbps on the basic 50 Mbps package seems pretty amazing. Unfortunately once you read the small print, i.e. service is contended at a nominal level of 40:1 and that the guarantee only applies to the actual connection speed to the router. In short because JT are using a fixed connection speed technology they can offer this basic guarantee and in theory Virgin Media could do exactly the same with its fibre/cable hybrid service.
We have looked at the packages sold by JT previously and while they have increased the usage allowances between 8am and midnight (unlimited other times) a 20GB limit on a 50 Mbps service for £22.99 would not be popular at all in the UK. Even the top tier 100 Mbps £44.99 and 1 Gbps (£59.99) services only have a 100 GB limit. When a single streamed film can vary between 2GB and 8GB in size it will be all too easy to exceed the limit and be paying the extra 30p per GB. We are sure gamers on the island are loving the raw speed and lower latency of FTTH, but they will be feeling the pinch particularly as games are increasingly requiring larger patches some of 10GB before you can play them and services like Steam with its popular summer sale will have people downloading several games. Of course you can leave things downloading overnight, but that seems so 2004.