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Senior Network Strategies consultant appointed Interim Telecom Regulator in Samoa

Brings extensive experience in regulatory issues for small island nations

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 7 August 2008 – The Public Service Commission of Samoa has appointed Michele Marius as Interim Telecommunications Regulator for a period of three months. The previous Telecommunications Regulator, John Morgan, recently retired due to ill-health.

Michele, who joined Network Strategies as a Senior Consultant in 2007, is delighted with her new posting. “I’m looking forward to tackling the challenges of a newly liberalised market,” said Michele. “However my main task will be to ensure a smooth and seamless transition from John to the next occupant of the regulator position.”

Recently, Auckland-based Michele has been advising the Vanuatu Government on the preparation of regulations to support the new Telecoms Act, as well as identifying capacity needs and capacity building within the regulator. She was previously the inaugural Chief Executive to the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission in Saint Lucia, where she was instrumental in the formulation of regional harmonised telecoms policies and legislation for the five Eastern Caribbean Member States, and in the establishment of telecoms regulation within Saint Lucia.

“Michele’s excellent regulatory and technical background and her extensive experience with the complex issues facing developing countries will be a huge asset for the Samoan Government,” said Dr Suella Hansen, the Auckland-based Director of Network Strategies. “We are pleased to be supporting her, particularly with the important goal of assisting in building capacity at the Samoan Office of the Regulator.”

Network Strategies was a principal member of a consortium that advised on the reform of the telecommunications sector in Samoa, under a four-year project funded by the World Bank. On behalf of NZAid, Network Strategies has provided training in telecoms policy development to the Samoan Ministry of Communications. Network Strategies has also recently completed a major study on the satellite market within the Pacific Island region on behalf of the Australian Government. Other major regulatory projects have been conducted in Australia, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu.

About Network Strategies

Network Strategies works at the forefront of the telecommunications revolution, delivering advice and insight to operators, manufacturers and governments. From offices in Auckland, London, Melbourne and Wellington, Network Strategies staff provide strategic consultancy to clients throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and North America, offering a complete global outlook on key issues affecting all players in the telecoms sector.

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New Zealand:
Suella Hansen
Tel: +64 9 522 1702
Noelle Jones
Tel: +61 3 9830 0152

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