The Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR), has witnessed the rapid increase in the uptake of mobile, internet, Pay-tv and radio services in Vanuatu. It is now evident that the market is seeing an increase in the number of radiocommunications, telecommunications and Broadcasting devices and equipment from different vendors and suppliers. Some of which may be of low quality and may not be compliant with applicable international standards and requirements.

In  2018, the TRBR implemented the Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Type Approval and Conformity to Technical Standards Regulation Order No.191 of 2018 (the Regulation) to overcome any present or potential problems as the result of importing 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 against the applicable international standards and requirements to ensure that the ICT equipment or RTTE does not cause any interference, or long or short term damage to the radio and telco networks, the environment and also the consumers.

To date, the TRBR has received over 200 applications for Type Approval Certifications and it has come to TRBR’s attention that the certification process for this activity is time consuming and that it requires a lot of TRBR resources. Therefore, the TRBR wishes to inform all valuable customers about the introduction of the type approval certification and import permit processing fees for both the Manufactures and the Local Importers as per this Decision 01 0f 2020 on the Type Approval Certification and Import Permit Application Processing fees, for the Republic of Vanuatu.

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