PNG ICT regulatory body calls for public inquiry
Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) national regulatory body for information and communications technology (ICT), the National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) is calling for a public inquiry to determine if it should recommend certain wholesale services relating access and connectivity to the Minister responsible.
In a press release today, the regulatory body specified that this was in accordance with Sections 127, 131 and 230 of the National Information and Communication Technology Act of 2009 and the three services are mentioned in subsection 132 (1) of the Act. They are:
- Access to capacity on international communication cables;
- Access to international gateway facilities, and;
- Access to capacity on international communications satellites.
The inquiry starts today and will be conducted over a period of four months. The national regulatory body will also publish a Discussion Paper which can be downloaded from their website www.nicta.gov.pg. They further said that the inquiry will rely on written submissions and evidence and will not involve and public hearings.
Interested parties are invited to submit their written comments in response to specific questions and general issues raised in the Discussion Paper. This can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before Tuesday, October 2, 2012.
According to the press release, the terms of reference for the inquiry would be to “analyze the extent of competition”, “consult with the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC)” and other interested parties, determine of the ICT market is “effectively competitive” among others.
The public notice signed by NICTA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Charles Punaha, also stated that it (the notice) fulfilled the requirements of section 231 of the Act.
Further information regarding this inquiry can be obtained by contacting NICTA officials on phone (+675) 3033 200 or emailing to the address provided above or by visiting their head office at the corner of Frangipani Street and Croton Street in Hohola.