Sure Guernsey has announced that it has activated a number of its 4G network sites in Guernsey and across the Bailiwick islands, having been issued a new network licence by local telecoms regulator the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities (CICRA) on 28 March. Sure claims to be the first of the island’s operators to be awarded a 4G licence by CICRA following the completion of a statutory consultation process, with its updated concession allowing it to become the first to commercially launch and operate a 4G network in the island.
In a press release confirming the development, Sure said that it envisages its 4G network will be lives on ‘all sites’ across Guernsey and the Bailiwick islands in the first week of April. The operator’s engineers have reportedly been working to install the new equipment over the past few months and had tested a number of the 4G sites during March. Once the new network is live, engineers will continue to optimise and test it over a few weeks to ensure the infrastructure is working to its full capabilities. Its network upgrade is understood to represent a GBP10 million (USD14.8 million) investment.
Eddie Saints, chief executive at Sure, said of the company’s technological advancement: ‘Switching on the first 4G sites is a major milestone in this process and we’re looking forward to having our brand new 4G network completely live across the whole of the Bailiwick at the beginning of April … The upgrade work will improve our existing 2G and 3G mobile services as well as introducing the 4G network so all of our mobile customers will benefit from the investment. We’re excited to be the first Guernsey provider to bring this latest technology to our customers.’