Licensing 5G in Jersey

Connectivity allows us to reach and connect with others no matter where they are in the world. This is something that became acutely important during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fifth Generation, or 5G, is the latest technical standard for mobile phones and the networks they connect to. It will offer far greater capacity for high speed wireless data applications and allow the connection of new wireless devices potentially embedded inside everyday objects such as cars and kitchen appliances.

Last year, we began the process of awarding the radio spectrum needed to run 5G services. In January 2023 it announced the acceptance of applications for spectrum from JT and Sure. Under legal arrangements, UK telecoms regulator Ofcom manages Jersey’s spectrum and issues the necessary spectrum licences following a valid recommendation from us.

Having completed the local regulatory processes, we have have now recommended Ofcom issue 5G spectrum licences to JT and Sure.

Further information on 5G

We recognise that there is considerable public interest in 5G technology. Working with the appropriate Government departments, and our partners at Ofcom and other internationally recognised authorities, we are building a library of useful links and information about 5G. We hope this will help answer a lot of the questions you may have and, if you can’t find what you’re looking for here please contact us.

This library is not exhaustive, and the Authority does not express a view on any of the content. We welcome suggestions for articles or reports to be added, which are from accredited or internationally recognised organisations or individual experts. As a guide we would expect any suggested inclusion to be peer-reviewed or been published in professional medical or technical journals.

We will not amend, abridge or edit in any way the content on this site.

Reference sources:

Government of Jersey Environmental Health

Radio Mast Emissions (ICNIRP)

Telecoms masts emissions and monitoring in Jersey

Latest Masts Emissions Test Results Jersey

OFCOM advice for consumers

World Health Organisation: Electromagnetic Fields

5G technology: radio waves and health – UK Government

5G in the Media:

Does 5G pose health risks? (BBC)

Coronavirus: Scientists brand 5G claims 'complete rubbish' (BBC)