CICRA (the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities) has commenced the competition for 4G spectrum bringing it one step closer to the Channel Islands.
CICRA has published an information notice announcing the start of the competitive process. The result of the competition will be a number of recommendations on how the spectrum for 4G will be allocated to successful applicants in the Channel Islands.
Once the successful operators have the ability to offer 4G services, local consumers will be able to use their smart phones to their full potential while looking forward to much faster mobile internet speeds.
Details of the rules and requirements to take part are available in an invitation to bid which sets out the spectrum to be made available with the terms and conditions for the operators wishing to tender.
Applicants have been given until 4th of June to put together their best case for receiving a spectrum award. CICRA will evaluate these submissions and rank them, then submit its recommendation to Ofcom, the licensing authority for spectrum.
4G technology means operators can offer services that allow for greater capacity when transmitting data, with the latest devices designed to use these to provide the latest mobile services to islanders.
CICRA interim chief executive, Michael Byrne, said: “We are focussed on ensuring that the right tenders come forward for the award of this radio spectrum so that customers benefit most from these new technologies in the Channel Islands. Competitive processes have been underway in a number of countries for similar spectrum and the Channel Islands are now preparing to launch these technologies also.”
“We will also be addressing the issue of roaming charges for the provision for 4G services which has been a long standing problem for mobile customers using 3G. It is even more vital this is addressed now given the potential amounts of data 4G is designed to deliver over the airways.”
Organisations interested in applying for one of the three spectrum bundles on offer on this occasion need to obtain an invitation to bid (ITB), contact details are set out in the information notice published today.