Local consumers are set to benefit from access to much faster mobile internet speeds and enhanced capabilities on their mobile phones following the announcement that CICRA (the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities) is awarding 4G spectrum to three successful applicants.
In June interested operators submitted bids to the telecoms regulator for the ability to offer 4G services. Following evaluation of the bids CICRA is working with Ofcom to ensure that local consumers have access to these services as soon as possible.
JT, Sure and Airtel have been successful in their bids to be allocated spectrum so that they will be able to offer customers 4G services. As part of their bid operators have committed to a roll out timetable, the speed customers will be able to accessand coverage they will deliver.
CICRA chief executive, Michael Byrne, said: “The three winning operators have demonstrated a strong commitmentto invest in 4G technology which is an emphatic vote of confidence for the Channel Islands.
“Customers are the ultimate winners and will benefit from greater capacity and speed when transmitting data that’s available from 4G.We look forward to seeing new innovative services that utilise spectrum.
“We have also ensured the issue of ‘bill shock,’ when people use data roaming off-island with their mobile devices which results in high charges, is not an issue for 4G services. This has been a longstanding 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.”
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