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One third of Jersey Telecom customers on full fibre network
Thursday 26 June 2014 10:04:26 by Andrew Ferguson

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.


Posted by Apilar over 2 years ago
Ruined by the usage allowance.
Posted by leexgx over 2 years ago
so you need ADSL to download (if you want ot do it in the day) and FTTH so you can stream in 4K and have perfect ping
Posted by TheEulerID over 2 years ago
Tight download limits on Jersey might have something to do with it being a small Island and more expensive to hook up to the Internet. On the mainland you might expect bandwidth-heavy services, like video, to be delivered from peering to content delivery networks whilst such traffic on Jersey will come via undersea cables.

Also, when comparing prices with the UK, bear in mind that Jersey has a relatively low sales tax of 5% compared to 20% VAT, so the underlying costs are higher than they might seem.
Posted by mdar5 over 2 years ago
I understand they are intending to switch off the ADSL network and move everyone compulsorily onto the FTTH network at those prices.

Can you imagine that been done here!!!
Those paying £7/month on ADSL would be on the outrage bus objecting all over the place.
Posted by TheEulerID over 2 years ago
A forced switch-over to fibre could never happen under the current regulatory regime as it's based on LLU competition. The LLU operators would scream blue murder for compensation if copper was removed. Also, the sunk cost costs of copper make it extremely difficult for unsubsidised fibre to compete on costs.

It will be interesting to see how Germany goes about their state-funded FTTP project. The Australian's extravagant NBN has come apart at the seams.
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