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Plan for less mobile phone regulation in Guernsey

Mobile phone companies wanting to operate in Guernsey could face less red tape in the future, the regulator says.

The Office of Utility Regulation has proposed dropping some of the reporting requirements mobile operators currently need to comply with.

John Curran, director general, said it was time to step back as there was enough competition in the market to ensure consumers get a good deal.

He said regulation had been necessary to achieve the competition in place.

Mr Curran said: "Competition forces operators to raise their game and make sure they operate efficiently. In such circumstances the need for direct regulation is less and we now want to row back regulation."

Currently three mobile phone companies operate in Guernsey.

A public consultation, which ends on 11 June, is being held before a final decision is made on whether to relax the regulations.

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