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Competition on Telecommunications/ICT Innovative Ideas

Invitation is open to Interested Individuals/Groups

TRR through its Telecommunications/ICT Consumer Protection and Education Awareness program is organizing a competition on Technology– specifically ICT - an Innovative Concept on how Technology/ICT could practically enable and or address common and national issues around the areas of:

• Agriculture
• Education
• Climate Change
• Traditional & Cultural Values
• Christian Principles
• Values and Labor Mobility

This exciting opportunity (Technology/ICT Innovation) is open to the general public in Vanuatu including:

• ICT Entrepreneurs
• University Computer Science Students
• Researchers
• Individuals who has a concept on how Technology/ICT can address an issue `or common issues
• Secondary Schools students or Teachers
• Primary Schools students or Teachers

And, any other interested Ni-Vanuatu with passion on developing new ideas using ICT tools.

If you are keen and interested to be part of this competition, and you have an exciting idea under the above areas that would benefit your community or Vanuatu citizens, submit your ideas or project ideas to the TRR by 4:00 PM, 31st October 2017.

For more information, contact George Hapsai or Andrew Molivurae at TRR on Telephone 27621 or email: or

Pacific ICT Day 2017 App Competition






To coincide with Pacific ICT Days 17/18 May 2017, the Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR), is holding a Mobile Application Pitch Competition. This competition provides an opportunity for developers to pitch to a panel of experts their mobile application idea. The winning pitch will be funded up to VT100,000 towards the development of the application. The application to be developed must align with one (1) of the seventeen (17) Sustainable Development Goals with focus on the following five (5) goals;

o   Gender equality

o   Responsible consumption

o   Sustainable cities and communities

o   Climate action

o   Preservation of Culture

Key deadlines:

  • 31 April 2017: Registration and Pre-Selection closes
  • 10 May 2017: Submission of full entries
  • 17 May 2017: Pitch Day at Pacific ICT Days
  • 18 May 2017: Winner announced

For Terms and Conditions or more details, click or download it here .


Click to register : Pacific App Competition Online Registration

Pacific IGF (17-18 May) Update held at PITA conference

During the week of 3-7 April, 2017, the Pacific Islands Telecommunication Association held their 21st anniversary AGM on Rarotonga, Cook Islands. This milestone event which attracted more than 200 overseas attendees, was opened by the Prime Minister.

The conference theme was “Unlocking Smarter Communities in the Pacific” and addressed critical issues and challenges in the Pacific and identified ways public and private partnerships could be coordinated in order to improve the lives of the people in the region. The event was hosted by Blue Sky Cook Islands  and speakers included ITU, Kacific, O3B, ABS and ICANN.

The refreshment breaks offered time for participants to gather together to discuss other common issues, and members of the Pacific IGF planning committee took advantage of the opportunity to have a face-to-face meeting to discuss this upcoming event.

Notes on meeting to discuss arrangements for Pacific IGF
Present were
  1. Pua Hunter                  Cook Islands
  2. Gerard Metsan            CIO Vanuatu
  3. Dalsie Baniala             TRR Vanuatu
  4. Save Vocea                   ICANN
  5. Elly Tawhai                 APNIC
  6. Kisione Finau             USP
  7. Marc Lipton               PIRRC
  8. Donnie Defreitas      PIRRC



The meeting agreed to discuss the following issues:

  • Organization of National Emergency Telecommunications Plans (NETP) workshop
  • Organization of Pacific IGF
  • ICT Day


Click here for more details.

Consultation on Draft Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Type Approval and Conformity to Standards Regulation

With the rapid increase in the uptake of mobile, internet, PayTV and radio services in Vanuatu, it is evident that the market is seeing an increase in the numbers of radio communications and telecommunications devices and equipment from different vendors and suppliers, some of which may be low quality and may not be compliant with applicable international standards and requirements.

Section 7 of the Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulation Act, 2009 (the Act) prescribes the general functions and powers of the TRR. Sub-section 7(3) of the Act states “The Regulator may, with the approval of the Minister, make such regulations as may be necessary or convenient to give effect to the provisions of this Act”, and Paragraph 7(4) (f) of the Act states that “imposing restrictions or limitations upon the importation, sale or use of any equipment used or likely to be used in connection with radiocommunications or telecommunications”.

TRR is proposing that a Type Approval process, through the development of a regulation, be established in Vanuatu to overcome any present or potential problems with the importation of low quality non-compliant Radiocommunications and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE). Type approval is a process by which Information, and Communications Technology (ICT) equipment and devices, such as RTTE, is authorized for sale and use in a country (“approved”). It involves verification of the equipment compliance with the applicable international standards and requirements to ensure that the ICT or RTTE does not cause interference, or long or short term damage to networks and/or Vanuatu’s citizens.

TRR believes that it is important, and essential, to have the “Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Type Approval and Conformity to Standards Regulation” developed through a collective and extensive consultation process to capture the views of all stakeholders. This consultation paper has been developed to provide all stakeholders and, particularly, licensees, manufacturers, ICT equipment importers, radio dealers, sales outlets, users and consumers, and other interested individuals the opportunity to consider TRR’s proposal, and respond and contribute to the development of the associated regulation that is fit for purpose for Vanuatu.

Accordingly, the objective of this Public Consultation paper is to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to review TRR’s proposal and current thinking on this issue, and make all appropriate comments to TRR that it needs to consider in respect of the content and implications of the proposed “Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Type Approval and Conformity to Standards Regulation”.

TRR now seek your views on what we are proposing through this consultation. The deadline for public comments is Friday 23rd December 2016, 4:30 pm.

The Consultation Document can be obtained by:
        1. Downloading a copy at TRR’s website:;
        2. Requesting a copy by email at , or;
        3. Visiting the TRR Office at Level 1, Rossi Ocean Walk (next to Bred Bank), Lini Highway, Port-Vila to obtain a copy of the document.

For any phone enquiries regarding this Consultation Document, please call the following numbers: (+678) 27621 or (+678) 27487.
For more information about TRR’s Consultation Guidelines, please visit the following website

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