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Monday, January 17, 2005 - The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) announces the commencement of a Universal Access Study in the five Member States of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Universal Service and Universal Access are fundamental principles enshrined in Article 4 (1) (c) of the ECTEL Treaty. In principle universal access means that every person in the community has a reasonable access to publicly available telecommunications services such as telephone and Internet.

The Study is being conducted by Mr. Josbert Kester, an International Broadband Consultant, with developing countries experience. He has participated in similar initiatives in Chile, Peru and South Africa. Mr. Kester is being assisted by Vincentian Telecommunications Engineer, Mr. Apollo Knights. Funding for the project is being provided by the Dutch Government, the World Bank and ECTEL.

The Study will be conducted between January and April 2005 and will:
1. Examine the current Broadband supply and demand situation
2. Specify target areas
3. Survey Market demand for broadband connectivity
4. Analyse technical solutions and
5. Design the tender process

Through Universal Access, the Governments of the ECTEL Member States hope to increase affordability and connectivity to the Internet. As a result, this study will focus attention on enhancing Broadband capacity to public places such as schools, libraries, health and community centres, thereby creating a platform for improved access to higher education, tertiary health care and economic opportunities for the people of the OECS sub-region.

The results of the Study will assist the ECTEL Board and Council in formulating a policy position on Broadband connectivity and accessibility in the Member States.



ECTEL Headquarters
Castries, Saint Lucia

Tel. (758) 458 1701/02


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