Vanuatu’s broadcasting regulator presents 2018 sector report

The document reports on the state of the telecommunications and ICT market, trends and developments in the country in 2017.

TRBR stated that the Vanuatu telecommunications sector has witnessed significant change over the 2017 year.

“This has come about via the implementation of the Governments Universal Access Policy extending services to over 98% of the population, the increase in availability of 3G and 4G+ leading to the availability of access to data services and continued review of wholesale pricing leading to data promotions that have increased value.”

Tonga and Vanuatu join China's Belt and Road

The announcements came on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea last week.

Tonga's memorandum of understanding on Belt and Road was followed by a reprieve of the country's debt payments owed to China.

Lopeti Senituli, a political adviser to Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, told Reuters the loan payments had been deferred for five years.

Meanwhile, the Vanuatu Daily Post reports Vanuatu signed seven different MoUs with China earlier this month, including a Belt and Road agreement.

Vanuatu deny New Caledonia a double victory

The first match took only fourteen minutes for New Caledonia to score the goal which would secure them the win.

In his international debut Antoine Roine, the top scorer in the Super Ligue with 22 goals this season, didn’t take long to show his skills in front of goal. Accelerating past the defence to latch onto a cross from the left from Joseph Tchacko.

New Caledonia continued to dominate the first half but despite a couple of credible chances, were unable to add anything further to their tally.

Australia and Vanuatu strengthen security co-operation

Announced yesterday, it will include significant infrastructure upgrades for the Vanuatu Mobile Force and Police Maritime Wing and enhanced training and leadership opportunities for all three arms of the Vanuatu Police Force.

A statement from the Australian Prime Minister's office said this underscored Australia's commitment to working with Pacific partners to build a more strategically secure, economically stable and politically sovereign region.

An Australian Defence Advisor will be based in Vanuatu to support the initiative, it said.

Permanent homes for displaced Ambae evacuees

New Zealand has contributed VUV 8,736,006 to purchase building materials for 22 local houses, 6 shared toilets, and a community rainwater harvesting system.

The materials were delivered Thursday to Ifira Wharf, and are ready to be shipped to Maewo this week.

The National Disaster Management Office has developed a plan to assist the 22 most affected Ambae households who have lost their homes and livelihoods on Ambae.

Ambaeans will face challenges on return to island, resident says

James Bari, who is a Penama Province councillor, has been living on Santo since the government ordered an evacuation of the approximately 10,000 people living on Ambae due to volcanic activity three months ago.

Those displaced want to return to their homes when the government's state of emergency is lifted at the end of the month, but continued volcanic activity means this may not be possible.

Mr Bari said there will be many challenges faced by residents on return to the island.

Vanuatu opposition won't rule out attempt at no confidence motion

The loss of the Leaders Party's eight MPs on Wednesday means the government of Prime Minister Charlot Salwai only has a one seat majority.

Mr Kalsakau would not be drawn on how many MPs now support him, saying he is more interested in building a perfect team.

He said he could either develop a strong opposition which will support him until the election in January 2020, or push for a vote of no confidence.

Ambae volcanic activity stablilises

Possible imminent eruption could occur at any time in such major unrest state.

VMGD confirmed that observations in October and November 2018 confirm that the volcanic cloud emitted are white meaning only steam.

The presence of ash that has fallen on Ambae during the last eruption will continue to change the behaviour of streams and creeks when it rains.

The creeks and streams can produce floods and carry a lot more debris (sands, gravel and boulders).

Vanuatu PM signs Air Services Agreement with United Arab Emirates

The ASA is an important governance agreement that provide rules and guidance on air services between two countries on a commercial basis.

The ASA has its origin from what is known as the Chicago Convention, a Convention on International Civil Aviation, which emerged in 1944 during the closing stages of World War II.

The Chicago Convention established the rules under which international aviation operates.

Concern for displaced Ambaeans in cyclone season

The government ordered the evacuation of Ambae's population of about 10,000 people three months ago because of volcanic activity.

Oxfam's Sandra Uwantege Hart said some evacuees were living on Maewo and Santo in tents and shelters made from tarpaulin and sticks.

"The cyclone season has already begun. So the level of concern is extremely high amongst humanitarian actors here around how quickly can safe shelters be built compared to how quickly the cyclone season is unravelling."