23 Dec 2009

Solomons appoints Telecommunications Commissioner

3:07 pm on 23 December 2009

The Solomon Islands government has appointed a Briton to be its first Telecommunications Commissioner.

The Minister of Communications and Aviation, Varian Longamei, announced the appointment of Nicholas Williams as the first Telecommunications Commissioner.

He says Mr Williams comes from a telecommunications industry and regulatory background and will take up his appointment on February the 1st.

Mr Williams had dealt with mobile telecommunications issues in Britain's' Department of Trade and Industry and has represented Vodafone in its dealings with the European Commission.

And most recently he had been Director of Regulatory Affairs for Ericsson where he worked with the telecommunications regulators across Southern Africa in their dealings with regulatory issues.

Mr Longamei says the appointment of Mr Williams now completes the government's goals for introducing competition in telecommunications services.