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Telecommunications Determination No 1 of 2011

TELECOMMUNICATIONS DETERMINATION No.1 of 2011 (1/2011)

Telecommunications Licensing Regulations

Background

Prior to the enactment of the Telecommunications Promulgation 2008 (the Promulgation), an agreement was signed by the Government of Fiji, and the following operators: Vodafone Fiji Limited, Telecom Fiji Limited, Fiji International Telecommunications Limited and Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Limited. This agreement, entitled “Settlement Deed” set out the terms and conditions for revoking the licences for these Licensees (as granted under the Posts and Telecommunications Decree of 1989) in return for the issue of new licences as set out in the agreement.

In order to implement the requirements of the Promulgation, TAF conducted consultations with industry early in 2011, and, on the basis of those consultations, developed proposed new “unified” licence Regulations. These Regulations, if approved, will allow any services to be offered under a single licence, thus giving maximum flexibility to licensees and related opportunities to introduce new, innovative services.

Documentation that guides operators in submitting applications for new licences, pursuant to the requirements set out in the Promulgation, has also been developed. It is expected that this process will lead to a simpler licensing regime, and will motivate potential new entrants to invest in the telecom market in Fiji, to the benefit of all telecom users, and the economy in general.

The Determination

The TAF Board has considered the report on the consultations, including all comments from the operators and other interested parties. Following the consultation process, the TAF Board has determined that the regulations and related documents attached hereto should be forwarded to the Minister responsible for telecommunications, for his consideration and approval.
With the final approval of these recommended regulations, TAF will begin the process of inviting the operators in Fiji to submit applications for new, unified licences, with the expected completion of the process during 2012.


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