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CANTO – Regulation and Emerging Technologies Committee . Melesia Sutherland Campbell Chairperson July 2011. Terms of Reference. To keep abreast of developments in member countries To priortise issues and concerns of members related to regulatory developments and emerging technologies
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CANTO – Regulation and Emerging Technologies Committee Melesia Sutherland Campbell Chairperson July 2011
Terms of Reference • To keep abreast of developments in member countries • To priortise issues and concerns of members related to regulatory developments and emerging technologies • Develop CANTO’s position on emerging issues for approval by the Board • Identify areas for capacity development
Activities since January 2011 • Reports from members: • Digicel/ Claro Merger • Proposed Digicel / Claro merger creating stir in Jamaica. Contention that merger approval, without adequate safeguards, would result in the abuse of a dominant position. • Universal Service • St. Vincent has awarded contracts for Universal Service for the provision of broadband service to educational institutions. • Number Portability • Implementation phase – Cayman Islands • Consultation phase – Bahamas, ECTEL Countries, Trinidad & Tobago.
Activities since January 2011 • Reports from members: • Consultation on 700 MHz Spectrum • Turks & Caicos • Cayman • Review of legislation underway • St. Lucia - reviewing HIPCAR legislation with providers – Licensing, Interconnection and Universal Service.
Activities since January 2011 • Four conference calls: • Handover to and Introduction of new Chairperson – Melesia Sutherland Campbell from Glenda Medford. • Whether CANTO should prepare position paper on: • number portability • unlicensed operators • CANTO Regulatory Workshop held from March 14 -17, 2011 in Trinidad.
Activities since January 2011 Unlicensed Operators • Concerns: • Operators provide service from overseas so there is not much that CANTO can do. • Action: • Matter, in effect, struck from agenda.
Activities since January 2011 Local Number Portability • Concerns: • View that position on Local Number Portability, between larger operators, is so divergent as to preclude any meaningful position on Number Portability. • Action: • Further deliberations to be held on matter with wider group of stakeholders.
Activities for next 6 months • Updates in members’ markets • Research and prepare a position paper / Information Paper on: • Local Number Portability • Review existing agenda for continued relevance. • Identify areas for capacity development.
Final words… • Operators encouraged to actively participate in committee • Send suggestions for position papers and workshops to Secretariat