About The Event
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is proud to announce that the venue for the Global Symposium for Regulators for 2019 (GSR-19) is to be held in the beautiful South Pacific paradise of Vanuatu.
GSR-19 will be over four days between 9 to 12 July 2019 in Port Vila, the vibrant and culturally diverse capital of Vanuatu. The event will be hosted at the Warwick Le Lagon conference centre amongst the backdrop of the famous 140 room resort set on the shores of the pristine Erakor lagoon.
The theme of GSR-19 is “Inclusive connectivity. The future of regulation”. This and a range of other issues will be discussed over the four days with many closed-door sessions for invited guests.
The Government of the Republic of Vanuatu and the ITU welcome all invited guests to this prestigious annual event. GSR-19 in Vanuatu should not be missed for those key stakeholders of the global telecommunications industry.
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“Vanuatu is honoured to host GSR-19. The Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) has grown over the years to become a key event in the telecommunications industry.”
Hon. Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas
Prime Minister, Republic of Vanuatu
At Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) we believe that connecting people is essential for the development of Vanuatu. Our Vision is to Create a World Class Connected Future for the People and the Businesses in Vanuatu. TVL will continue to invest and deploy broadband connectivity across all the islands. In addition, TVL investment will not be limited to technology. To achieve customer excellence at all level, we are committed to invest in our Employee development. Finally, Telecom Vanuatu Ltd will strengthen its engagement towards the communities through various community development programs. TVL will not only connect people with technology but also through sports, music, health awareness programs that will build stronger and healthier communities.
Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 31 markets throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets, including Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programs.
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The Republic of Vanuatu is quickly becoming a regional leader in the ICT sector, thanks to ambitious initiatives being taken to boost connectivity and establish an expansive communications infrastructure. Since 2011, Vanuatu has been actively involved in GSR participating in its discussion sessions, and more importantly, contributing to the development of its internationally recognized regulatory Best Practice Guidelines. To meet the consumer's critical need to be educated, empowered and protected, the Government of Vanuatu has approved telecommunications and consumer protection regulations. The Vanuatu Government's unique and exciting Universal Access Policy "Pay" or "Play" has proved to be an ambitious and effective model for Vanuatu, where over 98 per cent of population is enjoying both voice and broadband (3G coverage) access across the country.
In recognition of Vanuatu's outstanding leadership and initiatives in telecommunications/ICT development, in 2015, Vanuatu was awarded ITU's prestigious "ICTs in Sustainable Development Award" presented by the ITU Secretary-General to the Head of the Vanuatu Government of that time. This marks the biggest achievement so far received and recognized at the ITU level. Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) to enforce. To supplement the Government's approved regulations, TRBR has initiated an interesting project namely called "Community Consumer Champion" to be its arm's length initiative in various communities, providing basic and key information for consumers' awareness as and when required.
The Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) is the Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting industry Authority. TRBR was established under Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulation Act No. 30 of 2009 amended by Amendment No. 22 of 2018 with the overall responsibility to facilitate the development of the telecommunications, radiocommunications and Broadcasting sector, and manage radio frequency spectrum in order to promote national social and economic development acting independently and impartially in performing the responsibilities, functions and powers set out in the amended TRBR Act and other laws.
TRBR’s other functions includes management of telephone numbers, management and administration of dot VU (.vu) country code top level domain name, promote internet Governance in Vanuatu, ensuring service and products advertisements are genuine and not misleading, promote quality of services offered in the market, promote consumer complaint handling processes, consumer awareness and educational programs on technology evolution and its impact, promote universal services including roll out of Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting services across Vanuatu.
Kacific is a next-generation satellite operator committed to providing universal, high-speed, high-quality broadband access at an affordable cost using robust technologies and an agile business model. The company’s first Ka-band high throughput satellite, Kacific1, will launch in 2019 to stream high-speed broadband to rural and suburban areas of the Pacific and South East Asia. Kacific partners with local telecommunications operators, internet service providers and governments to distribute its range of satellite-based services for economic and social development. Founded in 2013 by a team of senior satellite professionals, Kacific is backed by a group of investors with experience in global telecommunications and infrastructure.
The Governance For Growth (GFG) Program is a joint Australia-Vanuatu program of assistance, established in 2007 as an adviser, facilitator and broker of regulatory reform and improved public expenditure management, for the purposes of improving economic growth and delivery of government services. Currently in its third implementation phase, it is a platform for policy dialogue between Australia and Vanuatu, supporting the analytical and consultative processes that inform policy formulation, as well as providing resources for policy implementation. The phase 3 program is guided by two core objectives - Government, acting with the private sector, conceives and implements change in policy and practice that encourages inclusive economic growth; and public expenditure delivers services that are more effective. The GfG Program supported the establishment of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (in 2010), and establishment of the telecommunication regulator (2009) and continues support policy development and implementation in the ICT sector today. GfG is also currently supporting policies aimed at enabling e-commerce, such as the Electronic Single Window Project (to make trading easier) and the Interoperability project (to make banking services more convenient).
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OneWeb's mission is to enable Internet access for everyone, everywhere. OneWeb is building a communications network with a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide connectivity to people around the world. OneWeb is creating business solutions for Broadband, Government and Cellular Backhaul. Its high speed, low latency, network will offer game-changing Mobility solutions to industries that rely on global connectivity, such as Aviation, Maritime, Automotive, Trains and more.
Bank South Pacific (BSP) is an iconic and unique bank in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, recognised for its strong commitment to the region and its Melanesian uniqueness. BSP has the largest branch network in Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu with branches and sub branches in cities and towns across these countries and also in remote rural locations. BSP has a variety of branch network that is complemented by electronic banking to suit the customers’ needs in the jurisdictions we operate. We provide a range of Personal Banking Services to meet your specific needs through personal and business accounts and personal and business loans.
SES is the world’s leading satellite operator with over 70 satellites in two different orbits, Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). It provides a diverse range of customers with global video distribution and data connectivity services through two business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches over 355 million TV homes, through Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and cable, terrestrial, and IPTV networks globally. The SES Video portfolio includes MX1, a leading media service provider offering a full suite of innovative services for both linear and digital distribution, and the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest DTH television reach in Europe. SES Networks provides global managed data services, connecting people in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy, as well as governments and institutions across the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the Luxembourg government, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system delivering fibre-like broadband services today.
Further information is available at: www.ses.com
Become a Sponsor
GSR-19 presents an excellent opportunity for corporate sponsors through out the telecommunications industry to be a part of this great event. With hundreds of delegates from the global telco industry attending securing your sponsorship package now will ensure your message and brand is given high levels of exposure. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the many different levels of sponsorship packages available.