Tuesday, 12 February 2013 08:57 | Written by Pura | | |
Latest News ------ 16th January 2013
PURA HOSTS, RICHARD KECK, CONSULTANT FOR THE PREPARATION OF GATEWAY LICENSES
To complement WARCIP, the Government of The Gambia has secured a loan from the Islamic Development Bank to provide a national backbone infrastructure and also interconnect with neighbouring countries as part of the ECOWAS Wide Area Network (ECOWAN).
Equipment at the ACE Station and Mr Keck with PURA's Telecom Engineer
The IDA grant includes a number of consultancies which includes the development of a
In this regard, PURA sought to renew the services of the consultant, Mr Richard Keck who had previously prepared the legal documents for the Gambia Submarine cable Company (GSC). Mr Keck, come from the US and has an outstanding experience in regulatory law. His work with PURA was also an opportunity to build capacity amongst the PURA Staff.
This would ensure standardisation as the text, wording and terms and conditions of the licence are harmonised with the GSC's licence and other licenses.
The objectives of the consultancy include amongst others the following:
a) assess the current licensing framework for the IC sector in accordance with the IC Act 2009
b) Propose a draft gateway license in line with the IC Act 2009 and current licensing framework
The following tasks were carried out whilst in The Gambia:
a) Review the current licensing framework in the Gambia in line with the IC Act 2009 and related policy documents
b) Consultations with all the telecommunication/ICT sector service providers, MOICI and other relevant Government Ministries and the GSC
c) Prepare the international gateway licenses
The outputs of the consultancy will be as follows:
a) A GSM international gateway licence based on the current licence template
b) An ISP international gateway licence based on the current licence template
Presentations to stakeholders including all GSM companies and policy makers was done be at the PURA conference room during the week Mr Keck was here.
Furthermore, the consultant will be accompanied by PURA/MOICI staff to meet with the relevant stakeholders. Minutes of such meetings shall be taken by the consultant, and comments and observations may be incorporated in the draft report.