The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) was established on 4th May 2000 by a Treaty signed in St. George’s, Grenada, by the Governments of five Eastern Caribbean States – Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
ECTEL is the regulatory body for telecommunications in its Member States. It is made up of three components – A Council of Ministers, a regional Directorate and a National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) in each Member State.
ECTEL produces a review of the telecommunications sector annually which provides information on the perfomance and economic contribution of the sector, as well as information on deployment and use of electronic commiunications infrastructure in its Member States.
ECTEL prepares and maintains a harmonized regional radio spectrum plan and makes recommendations to its Member States on matters relating to the management of frequency authorizations. Applications for 700 MHz spectrum is currently being accepted.
The Universal Service Fund (USF) is a system of telecommunications subsides and fees intended to promote universal access to telecommunications services. ECTEL advises its member states on the management of the USF and makes recommendations on applications for disbursements.
ECTEL reviews applications for individual licences submitted by a Member State, and recommends applications who satisfy the relevant technical and financial requirements for individual licences. A consultation on a new licensing regime and licence application form is currently ongoing.
ECTEL has the power to recommend a regional cost-based pricing regime for communications services in its Member States. A regional Price Cap Plan was recommended for the regulation of fixed services offered by Cable & Wireless in the ECTEL Member States
For the purpose of harmonisation of telecommunications, ECTEL prepares recommended regularization for adoption by the Member States. To ensure that consumers have access to high quality telecommunications services, Quality of Service (QoS) regulations are currently under review