Bharti receives Channel Islands telecoms licence, plans October launch

10 May 2006

Jersey Telenet, a subsidiary of India’s Bharti Group, has been granted a licence to provide telecom services on the Channel Island of Jersey, the southern most island of the British Isles. The concession includes the roll out of 3G mobile and international long-distance services, and the company says it will invest over GBP20 million in building its network, ahead of a planned commercial launch in October. It has contracted Nokia to provide infrastructure and IBM for IT solutions. Jersey Telenet will seek expertise from its sister company Bharti Airtel, the largest mobile service provider in India.

Earlier this week state-owned Jersey Telecom announced that it will launch the island’s first 3G network on 1 June 2006. Its sister company on the neighbouring island of Guernsey, Wave Telecom, has been offering 3G services for the past two years; Jersey Telecom’s launch in Jersey will create the first pan-Channel Islands 3G network with seamless coverage of Jersey, Guersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm.