This Sixth Universal Access Policy (UAP) Public Update Report is intended to update Stakeholders on the status of implementation of the Government’s UAP. It builds on Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator's (TRBR) Fifth UAP Update Report of 5th June 2016. The Report highlights the continued 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 the key Government objectives, to bring benefit to the people of Vanuatu; in accord with the intention of the UAP, as well as the economy of Vanuatu.

The TRBR continues to appreciate, recognize and acknowledges the commitment of the Players and industry at large for the achievements presented in this Report. TRBR 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 its success via the deployment of telecommunications access into remote and underserved areas of Vanuatu; particularly on Computer Lab and Internet Community Centres (CLICC) programs. We also recognize the support of the Japanese Government through the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) towards universal access and its contribution, both financially and technically, on the Tanna Geohazards pilot project.

TRBR remains committed to its methodology and approach to achieving the Government’s UAP objectives by working collaboratively, cooperatively and constructively with the operators, stakeholders and other relevant parties and will continue to provide updates of all UAP developments.