Second round of licence revocations in Vanuatu

31 Jul 2014

Vanuatu telecoms watchdog, the Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR), has revoked the telecoms licences granted to Computer Network Services (CNS) and eTech, as the start-ups have ‘never provided any form of telecommunications services … and do not have any future plans to do so’. CNS received its concession on 20 January 2010, while eTech was authorised to provide telecoms services on 21 May 2010. The TRR said that each licensee was consulted and agreed to the revocations; neither action will affect competition within the sector.

The regulator has clarified that, following the latest round of licence revocations, a total of eight operators hold authorisations for the provision of telecoms services in the country, namely: Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL), Digicel Vanuatu, Wantok Networks, Incite Technology at Work, Interchange Limited, Telsat Broadband, Skycloud Networks and Spim Limited. TVL and Digicel are the only operators authorised to provide mobile and fixed telephony services, while the remainder of the companies are internet service providers (ISPs).

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2014 the TRR cancelled the concessions granted to start-ups Hotspotzz, Wavecom and Micoms, for non-compliance with their respective licence terms and conditions; at that time the TRR also invited all interested parties and potential investors to apply for a new licence to operate in the country.