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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.
The meeting agreed to discuss the following issues:
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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 Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR). 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”.
TRBR 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.
TRBR 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 TRBR’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 TRBR’s proposal and current thinking on this issue, and make all appropriate comments to TRBR 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”.
TRBR 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 TRBR’s website: http://www.trr.vu/index.php/en/public-register/consultations/2016;
2. Requesting a copy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org , or;
3. Visiting the TRBR 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 TRBR’s Consultation Guidelines, please visit the following website http://www.trr.vu/index.php/en/public-register/guidelines/consultation-guideline
Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) is seeking a Telecommunications Regulatory Market Monitoring, Competition and Consumer Affairs Manager to lead and coordinate our regulatory market monitoring, competition and consumer responsibilities in the Telecommunications sector.
Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) is seeking a Corporate Manager to lead and coordinate all Regulatory Corporate responsibilities in TRR; including Administration, IT, Finance and Human Resources.
The Government of Vanuatu has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Telecommunications/ICT Technical Assistance Program, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consultant services. Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are invited from qualified Individuals (“Consultant”) with experience and skills in the provision of technical and advisory support services in the transition of the .vu ccTLD from its current administration to the Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR).
Eligible consultants (individuals) are to indicate their interest in providing the above mentioned services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc. from firms and CV from individual consultants. Consultants may associate in the form of a joint venture or sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. In case of a Joint Venture (JV), all members of the JV will be evaluated jointly for the purpose of short listing and shall be jointly and severally liable for the assignment and shall sign the contract jointly in case of award is made to that JV group. Interested consultants should clearly indicate the structure of their “association” and the duties of their partners and sub consultants in their application. Unclear expressions of interests in terms of “in association with” and/or “in affiliation with” and etc. without indicating the status of the partnership and designation of the lead partner may not be considered for short listing.