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JERSEY’S DIGITAL FUTURE By Tony Moretta, Digital Jersey


When I arrived in Jersey in September 2015 people asked me ‘how can Jersey hope to compete with areas such as Silicon Valley, or even Silicon Roundabout?’ My immediate response was, in terms of scale and variety we can’t.


A major advantage for Jersey in growing our digital sector is that we already have solid foundations in terms of infrastructure; we have many things a digital business would see as an essential requirement to successful operation. Having previously lived just outside London I was amazed at one of these in particular – fast broadband speeds. The island’s broadband speeds are better than I have experienced anywhere else, in the UK I didn’t even have Fibre to cabinet, here I have Fibre to my home. Fibre connectivity to the


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owever, if we follow our Financial Services industry’s example by specialising in sectors that align with our strengths, this will give us the competitive edge we need to lead in targeted areas.


premises is in fact one of our key strengths and by mid-2018 the island-wide rollout will be complete. Compare this with the UK who only just made a commitment to roll out Fibre in their latest budget statement, which will take a long time to implement, and you can see just how strong we are in this area. This teamed with examples such as five state of the art Data Centres and three 4G Mobile Networks clearly illustrates how well-connected our island already is.


We also have a strong business support structure in Jersey which helps start-ups as well as existing businesses, particularly in the digital sector. With Locate Jersey offering advice and assistance for those looking to relocate and Jersey Business offering support to local businesses, The Digital Hub acts as a centre for the tech community, providing space for start-ups


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