With the rapid increase in the uptake of mobile, internet, Pay-tv and radio services in Vanuatu, it is 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.
Section 7 of the Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulation Act 30 of 2009 as amended by Amendment 22 of 2018, (the Act) prescribes the general functions and powers of the Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR). Sub-section 7(3) of the Act states
“The Regulator may, with the approval of the Minister, make such regulations as may be necessary or convenient to give effect to the provisions of this Act”, and Paragraph 7(4) (f) of the Act states that “imposing restrictions or limitations upon the importation, sale or use of any equipment used or likely to be used in connection with radiocommunications or telecommunications”.
With the powers prescribed by the ACT, the TRBR has implemented a Type Approval Regulation and Conformity to Technical Standards 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 general public.