The Office of the Telecommunications, Radiocommunications, and Broadcasting Regulator is mandated to regulate the telecommunications and broadcasting industry by the Telecommunications Radiocommunications, and Broadcasting Regulation Act No.30 of 2009 as amended by the Amendment 22 of 2018 (the Act).

The Office of the TRBR’s wishes to inform and remind all persons, that the TRBR Regulates and monitors the telecommunications and broadcasting Industry and as such must ensure that all persons comply with the Act. Therefore, the TRBR gives notice to the following:

A) Satellite operators who provide telecom or broadcasting satellite services are required to have a valid license or exception to operate in Vanuatu.

B) Satellite operators MUST ensure that details of their license are updated and renewed annually and must be displayed in their premises or their agent’s premises in Vanuatu.

C) Satellite operators MUST have a local presence or agent in Vanuatu and be legally registered with all appropriate authorities such as Vanuatu Foreign Investment Promotion Agency, Vanuatu Customs and Inland Revenue, Vanuatu Financial Service Commission and ensure that you comply with all legislative requirements of the Republic of Vanuatu, to be able to provide telecommunications and broadcasting (satellite) services.

D) All satellite users in the Republic of Vanuatu must ensure that their installed satellite equipment has a valid apparatus license issued by TRBR.

E) If a satellite user is aware of a satellite provider that is providing satellite services in Vanuatu without a valid license, they must inform TRBR immediately.

F) Radio Apparatus license holders who are using the following services listed below, whose license have not been renewed for 2021 and operators who have not been issued with a Radio Apparatus license for 2021, to come forward and sort out their apparatus license.

🔹 Aeronautical Services
🔹 Aircraft Services
🔹 Amateur Services
🔹 Broadcasting Services
🔹 Maritime Services
🔹 Land Mobile Services and
🔹 Satellite (VSAT) Services

The Office of the Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) would like to remind all broadcasters in Vanuatu of their requirements pursuant to Order No.73 of 2020 to must provide information’s to the TRBR on any agreement, contract and subscriptions including free to air agreement (s) between any national or international broadcasting operators for re-broadcasting through its network.

Order No.73 of 2020 item 3 provides that “…A Broadcasting Licensee in Vanuatu must not broadcast or re-broadcast content, or signals or channels, either paid or free to air, if he or she does not have the necessary agreements, contracts.

Furthermore, any local broadcasting operator found to be broadcasting any Free to Air content or paid content without any written agreement with parties distributing the content or content provider is seen illegal and breach of the Order 73 of 2020, and further in breach of Copyright and Related Rights Act No. 42 of 2000.

The office of the TRBR and VanIPO are conducting a joint investigation into illegal rebroadcasting and those found illegally broadcasting or rebroadcasting contents will be dealt with according to the Acts administered by the two institutions.

Further queries in relation to this notice can be communicated by calling TRBR office on (+678) 27621 or email: enquiries@trbr.vu

For the month of July 2021 in commemoration of the 41st Independence Anniversary celebrations of the Republic of Vanuatu, the .vu Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) is on sale at a discounted price for registrations only. Please contact these three local Registrars below for more information.

  1. Vodafone Vanuatu Ltd (https://www.vunic.vu)
  2. Pacific Networks (https://pacificnetworks.net)
  3. OGCIO (https://ogcio.gov.vu/index.php/en)

The TRBR wishes to inform and remind all Radio Apparatus Licence Holders of radio equipment’s which are installed on-board marine vessels, aircraft and on land, and whose licenses have not yet been renewed for 2021 of their obligations to have their radio licenses renewed as soon as possible and no later than June 11th, 2021.

For the Operators who are using the following services listed below but have not been issued with a Radio Apparatus Licence, TRBR is kindly asking that you come forward and sort out your licence as soon as possible no later than June 11th, 2021. TRBR is taking necessary steps to ensure all users of the services listed are operating legally in Vanuatu.

  • Aeronautical Services
  • Aircraft Services
  • Amateur Services
  • Broadcasting Services
  • Maritime Services
  • Land Mobile Services and
  • Satellite (VSAT) Services

 

 

 

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The Office of the Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) wishes to inform the general public that the Task Force Team who were  team appointed by the Honourable Prime Minister following COM decision 184 of 2019, will be visiting the Provincial headquarters as stated in the table below to conduct Consultations on the Bill for Amendment of the Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulations Act No. 30 of 2009 (“the Act”) as amended by Amendment No. 22 of 2018.  

Provincial Headquarter (s)

Date (s)

Time (s)

Torba Provincial Headquarter

24 April, 2021

2 pm

Penama Provincial Chamber

27 April, 2021

10 am

Sanma Provincial Headquarter

28 April, 2021

2 pm

Malampa Chamber, Wilkins Stadium

30 April, 2021

8 am

Tafea Chief Nakamal

03 May, 2021

2 pm

 

The outcome of this Consultation is for the general public to provide feedback particularly regarding the Regulatory role of Broadcasting and Media to fully transfer from the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) to TRBR and to give effect for establishment of any Broadcasting and Media Universal Access Policy (UAP); and to ensure fair Competition in the Broadcasting Market Vanuatu.

Should you require further information regarding this Important Consultation or wish to participate, Please contact the Office of the TRBR on telephone (+678) 27621 or Email: enquiries@trbr.vu 

The TRBR Act Amendment taskforce team thank you in advance for your positive participation in this Important Consultation.