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Businesses and households in Jersey are set to gain access to faster broadband speeds courtesy of new 4G technology, it has been reported.

Communications regulator Ofcom has granted permission to Clear Mobitel to provide a 50Mb broadband service on the island, delivered via radio technology.

According to the BBC, the long-term evolution (LTE) broadband network should be fully operational within a year, making Jersey residents some of the first in the UK to benefit from the technology

Andrew Elston, Director at Clear Mobitel, told the news provider that the announcement was a major stride forward for the Channel Islands.

"It's good news for Jersey in terms of enhancing the economic opportunity for everyone at a time when jobs and incomes are in sharp focus," he claimed.

In related news this week, Clear Mobitel announced plans to trial 4G LTE technology in rural Cornwall, a move Mr Elston described as "another significant milestone".

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