Sure given three-month extension to achieve 4G commitments on Guernsey and Jersey

11 Nov 2016

The Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities (CICRA) has agreed to a request from Sure for more time to deliver on commitments included in the 4G concessions it acquired for both Guernsey and Jersey in 2014. The CICRA noted that as part of its bid for 4G licence Sure had committed to a rollout timetable, giving assurances as to how quickly customers would be able to access the services and the coverage level it would achieve. Included among these commitment was the requirement to provide 4G LTE services with a downlink speed of at least 2Mbps over an area in which at least 95% of the population of each of the islands lives, while Sure is also obliged to provide a ‘sufficiently strong signal to provide indoor coverage over the same area’. In considering the request for an extension, the CICRA said it had taken into account the operator’s reasons for doing so and had sought a commitment that the delay would be no longer than three months. Meanwhile, Sure has also confirmed to the CICRA that, despite the delays in Jersey and Guernsey, it will meet its targets for 4G coverage (both indoor and outdoor) across Herm, Sark and Alderney by the due dates set out in its licence.