Vanuatu, Advisory to Telecom Regulator, 2011-2013

Under a two-year contract, Nathan Associates advised the Vanuatu Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR) on a host of regulatory issues. Among other matters, we advised on the drafting of competition and consumer protection guidelines, the investigation of alleged abuse of dominant position by a major telecom service provider, and  new numbering policies. In August 2011, TRR published competition guidelines produced  by Nathan economist Dr. Bruno Viani and legal adviser Laura Sherman. The guidelines

  • Define the telecommunications market, assessing demand and supply side substitution (the SSNIP test) and providing a geographic market definition
  • Describe determination of dominance
  • Describe behaviors that may be anticompetitive
  • Define abuse of dominance, and
  • Describe the process for lodging and assessing complaints.
In July 2012, Dr. Viani led a ruling review on market dominance by Digicel.

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