This Fifth Universal Access Policy (UAP) Update Report provides an update to stakeholders on the progress made in Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator's (TRBR) implementation of the Government’s UAP up to June 2016. It builds on TRBR’s Fourth UAP Update Report of 5 December 2015. The Report highlights the significant progress that has been made in respect of UAP implementation and, particularly, to building on to the secured industry commitment and cooperation in meeting the UAP requirements and objectives, to bring benefit to the people of Vanuatu – as per the intention of the UAP, as well as the economy of Vanuatu.
TRBR recognizes and acknowledges the commitment of the Players and industry at large for the achievements presented through this Report. It also recognizes the valuable assistance, cooperation and support from the Australian Government through its Governance for Growth Program, which has significantly contributed, through financial support, to the deployment of telecommunications access into remote and underserved areas of Vanuatu particularly on Computer Lab and Internet Community Centres (CLICC) programs. The significant milestones achieved over the last six months by the industry and the stimulus arrangements funded from the UAP Fund, have enabled TRBR to make some very important additional and progressive steps towards meeting the UAP objectives.