Vanuatu’s telecoms watchdog, the Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR), has disclosed that the two domestic cellcos – Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) and Digicel Vanuatu – have signed an amendment to their interconnection agreement from April 2014. The updated agreement, which was negotiated without the involvement of the TRR, now includes a new service that provides for the origination, handing over and termination of calls to toll free numbers that are assigned to the two respective operators.
The TRR notes that interconnection between the two wireless operators is a requirement under Section 26 of the Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulation Act. When the telecoms market in Vanuatu was liberalised in 2008, the two providers signed an Interim Interconnection Agreement for the period 25 June 2008- 25 June 2010, which was subsequently replaced by a new agreement on 8 June 2012, effective 26 June 2012 for a period of two years. The most recent agreement between the telcos was signed on 1 April 2014.