Negotiations have now concluded between JT and its specialist contractor Frontline CH2M Hill Services Limited (CH2M) regarding the future structure of the Gigabit Jersey (GBJ) project. Both companies remain fully committed to the project, which will see all Island broadband lines converted to fibre-optic cabling by the end of 2016. Fibre-optic technology provides quicker, more resilient and higher quality broadband services.
The GBJ Project has just reached the end of its first year. A project review showed that whilst two of the three core elements are progressing very well (laying the fibre-optic cables, and building the main network infrastructure), the numbers of customers connected to the new network has dropped behind the forecast schedule.
It was this slower-than-expected progress on connecting customers which led to negotiations between JT and CH2M to find a new collaborative structure for this part of the project, which would allow those connections to be done more quickly over the remaining four years of its duration.
JT and CH2M have now signed a fresh commercial contract governing delivery of the remainder of the project, and in future CH2M will be increasing its specialist project management team which will now be based within JT’s offices. In addition, JT will be investigating ways of efficiently managing the varying workload on this project throughout its remaining four years.
JT CEO Graeme Millar commented: ‘JT is committed to bringing quicker, more resilient and higher quality broadband to the Island, and will be completing the Gigabit Jersey project on time by the end of 2016. This new structure will speed up the one part of the project which wasn’t proceeding as quickly as forecasted, and make it more efficient’.
‘It is correct to say that we haven’t connected as many customers as we planned to, over the first 12 months of a 60 month project; but it is also correct to say that Jersey is already now in the top twenty-five places in the world for the relative number of premises connected to fibre broadband, and ahead of the UK and France. It’s easy to miss the fact that we have already connected more than 2,000 homes, and that number will increase dramatically over the remaining four years.
‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank CH2M for their input over the last few weeks, and to reaffirm that we are pleased to be continuing our long-standing and successful working relationship with them which dates back to 2005’.
CH2M is a global leader in the project management, design and construction of major civil engineering projects.
Jonathan Refoy, Director of Corporate Affairs, CH2M HILL Europe said:
‘Since 2005, we have enjoyed a positive working relationship with JT, helping them deliver a number of complex projects. We look forward to working in collaboration with JT to take forward and deliver the Gigabit project, which will provide a greatly improved broadband service across the Island.’