The Communications Commission this afternoon (Tuesday) announced that it was licensing Manx Telecom and Sure Isle of Man to bring fourth-generation (4G) mobile phone services to the Isle of Man.
‘4G’ is particularly geared to the provision of high-speed mobile data services, enabling customers to access broadband services over mobile at comparable speeds to those experienced over the fixed network.
The commission said that both MT and Sure submitted applications confirming that they would launch 4G services no later than July 2014 and that they will both roll out high-speed 4G networks providing coverage to at least 95 per cent of the island’s population within two years of service launch.
The commission confirmed that MT and Sure will each pay a £150,000 application fee for the process.
MT and Sure have both agreed to have their existing service licences modified by the commission to incorporate 4G service obligations.
Chairman of the commission Juan Watterson MHK said: ‘The early launch of 4G by MT and Sure will build on the island’s strong reputation for timely deployment of advanced mobile services.’