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Jersey forges links with Israel's technology and telecommunications industry leaders

2 April 2011

Jersey’s telecommunications infrastructure was highlighted as one of the key benefits of doing business with the Island at the inaugural UK ISRAEL BUSINESS Telecommunications ‘Roundtable’.

Hosted by law firm CMS Cameron McKenna at their London offices in November, the meeting was organised by UK ISRAEL BUSINESS who are strategic partners of both JT and Jersey Enterprise.  The aim of the event was to bring together the most influential figures from the telecommunications sector to discuss the opportunities for trade between Israel and Europe. 

Tim Ringsdore, MD of JT’s Global Enterprise Division, said; "Attending this meeting was an excellent opportunity to build links with what is considered the birthplace of many Internet services and remains a fast growing economy in the global market. Israel represents a very interesting market for us to explore and our Next Generation Network (NGN) and JT Lab plans were of particular interest to those Israeli companies seeking partners for the deployment and development of their networks and internet services. Going forward we will be following up with the key contacts made at the meeting and will be engaging with UK ISRAEL BUSINESS further to provide research, reports and meetings with key Israeli  businesses.”

The debate focussed on the challenges and opportunities likely to emerge in the near future for the industry and the key topics arising during the debate included the massive growth of broadband usage and the pricing of it; particularly mobile broadband, and the evolution and convergence of mobile and fixed networks. 

Among the 30 delegates representing international telecoms and technology companies, was JT’s chief operations and technology officer Dave Newbold and JT business development manager, Mark Stuchfield. The debate provided JT with a platform upon which to promote the benefits of working with Jersey and followed the profile raising exercise carried out earlier this year by Jersey Enterprise’s trade delegation to the region.

Senator Alan Maclean, Minister for Economic Development, commented:
"After a successful initial year of the States of Jersey and UK ISRAEL BUSINESS partnership, opportunities are being created for Government and Jersey businesses to discuss sector focussed issues with key decision makers and to significantly increase their profile in International markets. It is extremely encouraging to see local businesses including JT take advantage of these opportunities and to broaden their horizons".  

Speaking of the event, Daniel Seal, Chief Executive of UK ISRAEL BUSINESS; “The Telecommunications Roundtable proved an excellent opportunity for JT Global to further expose themselves to our exclusive platform of UK and Israeli telecoms operators, infrastructure providers, handset manufacturers and technology providers. It provided yet another example of how fruitful the partnership between UK ISRAEL BUSINESS and the States of Jersey has become, and exemplified the encouraging potential that exists between Jersey and Israel.”