Clear Mobitel, which in July 2010 revealed it was preparing to trial Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Cornwall, has announced that it has been awarded a 4G licence covering Jersey in the Channel Islands. The concession award follows the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority’s (JCRA’s) general recommendation to Ofcom regarding the allocation of spectrum in the 2600MHz band, which itself followed a public consultation and feedback from operators. ‘Clear Mobitel Jersey (CMJ) has stated its intention to operate an advanced 4G LTE mobile broadband network in Jersey. CMJ’s planned entry would bring additional competition and consumer choice in the provision of broadband services in Jersey,’ JCRA chief executive Chuck Webb said.
Commenting on the development, Andrew Elston, Clear Mobitel’s Regulatory Affairs Director, noted: ‘On the strength of the JCRA board’s decision to make its final recommendation, CMJ has already made multi-million pound investments in the smart technologies that are at the very heart of advanced services that will be delivered by the Jersey 4G LTE network. We have been consistent in our view that since the award of our licence by the JCRA last year that delivering such an advanced, separated network in Jersey would deliver strong new competition to the existing market, in terms of overall retail pricing and services innovation. This announcement, together with the turn up of our multi-million pound off-islands ultra high speed data network core to provide global connectivity to customers, is good news for Jersey in terms of enhancing the economic opportunity for everyone at a time when jobs and incomes are in sharp focus.’
CMJ is now expected to commence trials of LTE devices by the end of autumn.