|The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission|
The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) was established pursuant to the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) Treaty (Act 30 of 2000) and the Telecommunications Act 31 of 2000 to regulate the newly liberalized Telecommunications market in Grenada in collaboration with the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority.
To regulate the liberalized Telecommunications sector in Grenada, to ensure fair competitive practices by Telecommunications providers and to promote and maintain high quality Telecommunications services at fair and competitive prices for consumers.
|ECTEL Background and History|
The NTRC Board is made up of the following five members appointed by the Minister for Telecommunications
under section (8) of the Telecommunications Act 31 of 2000.
Spencer Thomas Ph.D. - Chairman George Lashley
The NTRC Secretariat which is located on the Maurice Bishop Highway, Grand Anse, St. George consist of
the following eight employees.
Aldwyn Ferguson - Coordinator
Timothy Scott - Telecommunications Engineer
John Gilchrist - Telecommunications/ICT Specialist
Christa Burke-Medford - Universal Service Fund Administrator
Sean Francis - Operations Officer
Hazel Ann Lewis - Administrative Officer
Carla English - Secretary
Judy Borris - Office Attendant
Functions of the Commission
Section (11) of the Telecommunications Act 31 of 2000
(1) The Functions of the Commission are to:
(a) Advise the Minister on the formulation of national policy on telecommunications matters with a view to ensuring the efficient, economic and harmonised development of the telecommunications and broadcasting services and radio- communications of Grenada;
(b) Ensure compliance with the Government of Grenada’s international obligations on telecommunications;
(c) Be responsible for technical regulation and the setting of technical standards of telecommunications and ensure the compatibility with international standards;
(d) Plan, supervise, regulate and manage the use of the radio frequency spectrum in conjunction with ECTEL, including the assignment and registration of radio frequency to be used by all stations operating in Grenada or on any ship, aircraft, vessel, or other floating or airborne contrivance or spacecraft registered in Grenada;
(e) Regulate prices for telecommunications services;
(f) Advise the Minister on all matters related to tariffs for telecommunications services;
(g) Collect all fees prescribed and any other tariffs levied under this Act or Regulations;
(h) Receive and review applications for licences and advise the Minister accordingly;
(i) Monitor and ensure that licensees comply with the conditions attached to their licenses;
(j) Review proposed interconnection agreements by telecommunications providers and recommend to the Minister whether or not he should approve such agreements;
(k) Investigate and resolve any dispute relating to interconnections or sharing of infrastructure between telecommunications providers;
(l) Investigate and resolve complaints related to harmful interference;
(m) Monitor anti-competitive practices in the telecommunications sector and advise the national body responsible for the regulation of anti-competitive practices accordingly;
(n) Maintain a register of licensees and frequency authorization holders;
(o) Provide the Minister with such information as he may require from time to time;
(p) Undertake in conjunction with other institutions and entities where practicable, training, manpower planning, seminars and conferences in the areas of national and regional importance in telecommunications;
(q) Report to and advise the Minister on the legal, technical, financial, economic aspects of telecommunications, and the social impact of telecommunications;
(r) Manage the universal service fund;
(s) Perform such other functions as prescribed.
(2) In performance of its functions the commission shall consult and liaise with ECTEL.
Powers of the Commission
Section (12) of the Telecommunications Act 31 of 2000
(1) The Commission shall have the power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in
connection with the performance of its functions.
(2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the Commission has the power to---
(a) acquire information relevant to performance of its functions including whether or not a person is in breach of a licence, frequency authorisation or this Act;
(b) require payment of fees;
(c) initiate legal proceedings against a licensee or authorised frequency holder for the purposes of compliance;
(d) hold public hearings pertaining to its functions;
(e) do anything incidental to its powers;
(f) sit as a tribunal.
Section (2) of the Telecommunications Act 31 of 2000
(1) The principal object of this Act is to give effect to the purpose of the Treaty and to regulate the
Telecommunications sector in Grenada.
(2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1) the objects of this Act are to ensure;
(a) Open entry, market liberalization, and competition in telecommunications;
(b) That policies and practices in relation to management of telecommunications are in harmony with those of ECTEL;
(c) The operation of universal service fund regime so as to ensure the widest possible access to telecommunications at an affordable rate by the people of Grenada in order to enable them to share in the freedom to communicate over an efficient and modern telecommunications network;
(d) Fair pricing and the use of cost-based pricing methods by telecommunications providers in Grenada;
(e) Fair competition practices by telecommunications providers;
(f) The introduction of advanced telecommunications technologies and an increase range of services;
(g) That the public interest and national security are preserved;
(h) The application of appropriate standards in the operation of telecommunications;
(i) The overall development of telecommunications in the interest of sustainable development of Grenada.