GCRA issues infringement proceedings against JT and Sure

23 Apr 2021

A provisional finding by the Guernsey Competition and Regulatory Authority (GCRA) has claimed that mobile network operators (MNOs) Sure and JT have infringed the Bailiwick’s competition law by entering into an agreement that had the object of preventing competition.

With the former pan-Island regulatory authority – the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities (CICRA) – having issued a draft decision regarding the matter back in January 2020, the GCRA has now published its latest findings. In a press release, Guernsey’s regulatory body alleged that Sure and JT had colluded by sharing commercial information and agreeing secretly that JT would pull out of operating existing 4G and future 5G mobile networks in Guernsey, in return for Sure doing the same in Jersey. This agreement to trade mobile network infrastructure, the GCRA claimed, would have given each of JT and Sure a far stronger position as MNOs in their home Island ‘achieved not by fair and open competition but through a secret anti-competitive arrangement’. Further, the GCRA added that it had provisionally concluded that collusion took place through a ‘coordinated exchange of information between JT and Sure over more than a year’.

Both MNOs have now been given the chance to make representations to the GCRA before it issues a final decision on the matter, with a deadline of 18 June 2021 set for the duo to make their submissions.