Report on Benchmarked Interconnection Rates Submitted to the Telecom Regulator in Vanuatu News Feed

The Vanuatu Telecom Act of 2009 established a system of interconnection compensation in which a network originating a call that ends in another network pays a fee to the terminating network. Networks may negotiate interconnection and termination fees, but if they cannot reach an agreement, they defer the determination of the fee to the regulator. In anticipation of a potential dispute between Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) and Digicel, the two Vanuatuan mobile operators, the Telecommunication and Radiocommunication Regulator of Vanuatu asked Nathan Associates’ telecommunications expert Bruno Viani to propose a way to benchmark termination costs from other jurisdictions and make estimates for Vanuatu’s own termination fees.

Dr. Viani has done the analysis and written a report providing recommendations for preliminary mobile and fixed termination costs for Vanuatu’s telecommunications companies.

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