PRESS RELEASE: ECTEL Managing Director retires

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PRESS RELEASE: ECTEL Managing Director retires


Outgoing Managing Director of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) Embert Charles, is projecting a robust and sustainable framework for consumer protection and empowerment for the multi-state telecommunications regulator.

Charles who retires from his position as ECTEL Managing Director after serving nine years, also looks forward to what he describes as, “greater utilization of the collective competences and experiences of the regulatory team at the NTRCs and ECTEL.”

During his tenure as Managing Director, Charles oversaw the development of: new legislative tools to manage the electronic communications sector including a draft electronic communications bill (EC Bill) and regulations on consumer protection  and universal service among others; a cadre of regulatory technocrats in the ECTEL Member States who have acquired expert competences through formal training programmes and exposure to policy matters at regional and international fora; and increased awareness of telecommunications  quality of service matters by consumers.

Andrew Millet, a national of Grenada, is replacing Charles as Acting Managing Director for a period of three months, in the first instance. Millet has over 27 years’ experience in the private sector in the fields of telecommunications engineering and management. In June 2014, he joined ECTEL as the Director of Technical Services, with responsibilities which include the management of spectrum, numbering, licensing and a member of the regulatory team.

Millet holds a Masters’ Degree in Telecommunications from Coventry University in the UK. Over the next three months, he expects the main focus to be on enacting of the draft Electronic Communications Bill and issuance of new operating licences, charting a strategic plan for the 2017/18 financial year; and launching of a new spectrum management and monitoring system for ECTEL Member States.

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  1. "Over the next three months, he expects the main focus to be on enacting of the draft Electronic Communications Bill and issuance of new operating licences"

    Ah ha...I sense that a competitor is about to step onto the telecom landscape! Could this be why FLOW, even after us not having service for months, continue sending their e-bills regardless? Do they fear or know that we would vacate their services for that incoming entity? Is that why they want us to pay for modems and services not being used?

    Otherwise, we welcome competition. Consumers will have a choice.

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  2. Aa, Mr. C, Your reach retirement age already? But the man looking good. Though a very strict boss, you are a very nice gentleman. I wish you well in every area of your life- health, mental, emotional and most importantly spiritual. I am awaiting my invitation to this grand retirement fete.

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