The government of Bermuda has said that the island nation’s long-awaited new telecommunications Regulatory Authority (RA) will finally launch this week. The move forms part of the ruling coalition – One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) – government’s plan to liberalise the industry, via a new licensing regime that replaces individual concessions with Integrated Communications Operating Licences (ICOLs), allowing service providers to offer a full suite of integrated telecoms products. The new RA will be governed by a board consisting of three commissioners and a CEO.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in October 2012 the government appointed the chief executive to head up the new RA, Philip Micallef, who is working with Minister of Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Strategy Marc Bean to keep the reform process moving forward. However, it is likely to be 1 April 2013 before ICOLs are finally awarded. By that date the RA hopes to be in the position to convert the existing operators’ A, B and C class licences to new unified concessions.