Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) wishes to inform and remind all Radio Apparatus Licence Holders of radio equipment installed on-board marine vessels, aircraft and on land, whose licences have not yet been renewed for 2016, of their obligations to have their radio licences renewed and the prescribed fees paid NOW.
This fee and the associated licence is applicable in accordance with the Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Act No. 30 of 2009 (the “TRR ACT”), the Radio Licence, Spectrum Licence (Fees) Regulation Order No. 153 of 2012 (the “Fees Regulation”) and the decision 02 of 2014.
You are hereby reminded to ensure that you have your radio licences renewed as soon as possible and to do so no later than the end of the year 2015 (COB Thursday 31h December 2015).
TRBR further wishes to advise that after the dateline, of Thursday 31st December 2015. For non-compliance, anyone found to be knowingly operating a radio station on board a marine vessel, an aircraft or on land, after Thursday 31st December 2015 and without a valid radio station licence issued by TRBR is in breached of the TRBR Act and the Fees Regulation, and may be subject to a penalty and or fine. TRBR will continue to monitor and will commence its physical investigation on those that have not complied with the Act in early 2016.
This Fourth Universal Access Policy (UAP) Update Report is intended to update stakeholders on the progress made in Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator's (TRBR) implementation of the Government’s UAP up to December 2015. It builds on the TRBR’s Third UAP Update Report of July 2015.
TRBR recognizes and acknowledges the commitment of the Players and industry at large for the achievements presented through this Report. The significant milestones achieved over the last six months by the industry have enabled TRBR, and the Government, to make some very important additional and progressive steps towards meeting the UAP objectives.
TRBR has taken a considerable proactive and guiding approach to the implementation of the UAP through the upgrading and rollout of new services, and the provisioning and deployment of equipment and materials for the UAP ICT School and internet community centre programs.
TRBR is pleased to confirm that, based on the latest and current UAP deployment plans of the Players and TRBR’s estimated existing mobile coverage, the population coverage rollout that is now expected to reach, and should potentially exceed, the overall UAP target of 98%. TRBR will commence a mobile coverage audit of the current coverage early next year to establish the current base coverage from which we will be able to determine the actual new coverage provided by the UAP Undertaking rollout.
A formal launch of the UAP ICT School and internet community centre program was undertaken on the 27th November 2015 by the Minister for Education and Training at Sarakata Centre School Luganville. The first ICS, iTuani Informesen & Communikesen Senta in Avunamalai Village Malo Island was also opened on the 30th November 2015.
TRBR remains committed to its methodology and approach to achieving the UAP objectives by working cooperatively and constructively with the operators, stakeholders and other relevant parties, and will continue to keep the Government fully informed of all developments.
TRBR will develop regular UAP Update Reports at similar intervals to keep stakeholders fully aware of Key UAP developments and progress.
Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) has developed its 2016 and onwards Work Plan. It clearly outlines our priority projects, and lesser priority (but important) projects, as well as TRBR goals and objectives.
TRBR recognizes the need to keep all appropriate parties informed of its Work Plan activity, and we will regularly and actively monitor TRBR priorities, projects and tasks. This Work Plan has a forward looking focus. It is updated annually to indicate current and future work that TRBR is undertaking and has a focus on, or will be undertaking in the near future.
The UAP programs were announced during 2014 as part of an initiative between Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR), OGCIO, Ministry of Education and Training and the Australian Government under its Governance for Growth (GfG) program. The programs developed were:
• Computer Laboratories and Internet Community Centre (CLICC)
• Tablets for Students (TFS)
• Internet Community Services (ICS)
The CLICC centres are a significant part of the UAP program with 15 schools, being provided with computer labs, for general educational purposes and for use by the community during or after school hours.
On the 27th of November 2015, the Government of Vanuatu officially launched the CLICC program with an opening of the CLICC infrastructure at Sarakata Centre School, Luganville, Espiritu Santo. The launch was presided over by the Honorable Daniel Toara, the Minister responsible for Education and Training and was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training, Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, Australian High Commission and TRBR. The first CLICC site to be implemented was Eles Centre School, Nguna Island, Efate. The school went live in late October, with a formal opening held on the 24th of November 2015 attended by representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training, Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, Australian High Commission and TRBR. Since the opening and access by students, the feedback has been exceptionally positive, with a desire of the students to use the technology. Current programs being worked on include learning to touch type, using an application on the installed gateway server.
TRBR has provided three (3) grants to commercial operators to establish an Information and Communication Centre (ICS) in the local community. It was with pleasure that the TRBR were able to attend the official opening of the Ituani Informesen & Communikesen Senta in Arunamalai Village on Malo Island on Monday 30th November 2015, the first ICS to open and commence operations.
The Tablets for Students (TFS) program is gradually being rolled out to the selected schools. Currently TFS infrastructure has been implemented in Lycee LAB, Epi High School and Ambaebulu School. The remainder of the TFS infrastructure will be rolled out prior to the commencement of the school year 2016.
Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) has released its 2nd round consultation paper for public consultation to discuss and consider the intended future arrangement and management of .vu country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD).
TRBR has already consulted on the matter of .vu ccTLD management in October 2012. Very limited feedback was received at that time, and TRBR adjudged that the submissions were insufficient to support the implementation of any major ccTLD management changes.
TRBR has therefore developed a comprehensive draft regulation setting out the roles and responsibilities of the various participants in the domain management process in the future, and of the rules that shall generally apply.