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Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July 2011 Challenges In Bridging the Standardization Gap – A Fijian perspective Ronald Box Chief Executive Officer Telecommunication Authority.

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1 Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July 2011 Challenges In Bridging the Standardization Gap – A Fijian perspective Ronald Box Chief Executive Officer Telecommunication Authority of Fiji ITU-T Regional Workshop on Bridging the Standardization Gap and Interactive Training Session (Nadi, Fiji, 4 – 6 July 2011 )

2 Fiji Statistics Current Situation in Fiji Challenges Regulatory Challenges Standardization Challenges Thoughts to leave you with Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July Presentation Topics

3 Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July Fiji Statistics Total land area 18,333 sq.km Two major islands: Viti Levu & Vanua Levu Population of approx. 838,000 Fiji : 330 islands; of which One Third are inhabited

4 Fiji Statistics cont.... Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July Fixed telephone lines Country Fiji 86,40092,22297,515102,023105,000112,493115,000121,845129,100136, ,845 Fixed telephone lines per 100 inhabitants Country Fiji Fixed internet subscription Country Fiji 3,5005,5007,6009,00011,00013,30010,67713,68115,71315,49915,752 Fixed internet subscription per 100 inhabitants Country Fiji Fixed broadband internet subscription Country Fiji ,0002,78810,49513,03112,83023,250 Fixed broadband internet subscription per 100 inhabitants Country Fiji Fixed telephone service provider Telecom Fiji Limited Fixed Internet Service Provider - Dial-up & Broadband Kidanet Telecom Fiji Limited / Connect Fiji Limited Unwired Fiji The statistics are at 30th June 2011

5 Fiji Statistics cont.... Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July Mobile cellular subscription Country Fiji 55,05780,93389,900109,882142,190205,000284,661530,048600,000640, Mobile cellular subscription per 100 inhabitants Country Fiji Mobile broadband internet subscription Country Fiji ,069135,000 Mobile internet subscription per 100 inhabitants Country Fiji Public cellular mobile telephone service provider* Digicel Fiji Limited Inkk Mobile Vodafone Fiji Limited * Account needs to be taken that there is an approx. 20% dual subscription. Mobile internet service provider - Broadband Digicel Fiji Limited Vodafone Fiji Limited The statistics are at 30th June 2011

6 Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July Currently: - TFL Offering : Fixed lines telephone services & internet service - FINTEL : International gateway services, & internet services - VFL : Public cellular mobile telephone system & internet services - Digicel : Public cellular mobile telephone system & internet services Current Situation in Fiji

7 Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July Current Situation in Fiji cont... Must have a big picture focus & cater for Fijian needs & prosperity The Going Mobile future – & finding, providing adequate spectrum challenge Fixed line services dying – reliance on & provision of declining rapidly Regulating for effective competition, public benefit & with the interest of consumers a priority

8 Current Situation in Fiji cont.... Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July Convergence of Services – how will industry/regulators meet the challenges to service public need & demand? The increasing reliance on telecommunications for essential services; eg: medical, commerce, banking, purchases, communication (internet), information From Capacity to Connectivity – Network access & interconnection

9 Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July Current Situation in Fiji cont.... From availability to use – Universal access & service, developing community wide digital literacy A Digital Future – Regulatory challenges in a brave new world: privacy, security & neutrality On-going regulatory role – TAF to be around for a long, long, time

10 Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July Challenges A Small Island Developing State (SIDS) with high aims but difficulties of achieving that with population & revenue limitations, & wide-spread geography Wants to be a "regional telecommunication hub, - & positioning itself to do so This has been highlighted in Telecom Promulgation 2008 as one of the Ministers responsibilities

11 Challenges cont….. But - how to achieve this & where to start from? Many questions to ask; including how to achieve universal access? Fiji is 2 nd largest market in the South Pacific Island Group Telecommunications services will be the key driver of economic growth for Fiji The future is in Mobile Consumer empowerment is the key driver Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July

12 Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July Regulatory Challenges So much needed so soon Competing priorities so need a prioritised approach Moving to the "new" world of regulation/liberalisation instead incumbency provision of services Focus on most pressing issues Critical need for effective communication with all stakeholders: industry players, MoC, FCC, Consumer Council & MoI(NALS)

13 Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July Standardization Challenges Who to draw from? ITU & APT can assist greatly How to participate? Tyranny of distance How to get a national view? Wide spread geography How to be effective internationally? Need to have a Pacific wide or at least a Pacific Country voice & view

14 Standardization Challenges cont... Efficient & effective way is to participate in APT regional meetings & targeted ITU meetings Make as much use of on-line services as possible - but how to find it in the first place? (TAF currently is a good (bad) example - very difficult to find out about as we do not yet have a website Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July

15 Standardization Challenges cont... When TAFs website established, how will stakeholders - and particularly consumers/users know? TAF has to be a communicative organisation Use of Regional Forums Regional cooperation a must. One SID can not go it alone! Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July

16 Thought to leave you with Can standards (really) motivate growth and universal access in an island nation such as Fiji? If so, how? Welcome your thoughts Is there experience in other parts of the world that we can learn from? Manufacturers have always played a key role in standards-making, so are there regional manufacturers who are keen to test new technologies in our markets? Could this lead to new standards being evolved? Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July

17 Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July Fiji can not afford to set up elaborate testing facilities. We adopt an attestation form of technical standards (adopt/recognise) But how do we chose the standards that will serve our market best? Some standards may in fact limit the ability of some regional manufacturers to bid on systems here, & thus, would inhibit innovation & growth. How do we ensure that this doesnt happen? Thought to leave you with cont...

18 I dont have all the answers to some of these questions – very challenging Encourage you to assist me with your advice during this session (or out of hours)? Thought/possibility to leave you with: Why not use Fiji as a test bed and test market for emerging standards? Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 July Thought to leave you with cont...


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