ECTEL stands for the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority, a body comprised of five (5) OECS countries:

St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The other islands making up the OECS are Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, and the British Virgin Islands. At the time of the formation of the Telecommunications Reform Project that gave birth to the ECTEL treaty, Antigua did not join because of outstanding commitments to the World Bank while Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands as dependent states were not eligible for direct funding from the World Bank.

ECTEL is funded from the collection of spectrum fees in the five ECTEL contracting states.

NTRC stands for the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission. It is an agency that is responsible for managing telecommunications services in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. For more information, Click here

Telecommunication must be regulated in order to ensure a fair market and the best possible services and prices for Vincentians.
The number of complete oscillations per second of energy (as sound or electromagnetic waves).
The entire range of wavelengths or frequencies of electromagnetic radiation extending from gamma rays to the longest radio waves and including visible light. For more information click here

Application forms can be found on the Applications page. Fill in all information requested. Submit the form in triplicate each with the signature of the applicant on the last page. Remit application fee as outlined on form.

Application fees differ from licence to licence.  Consult the Fees Regulation on the Legislations page for all relevant fees.  Fees must be paid at the time an application is submitted.

Any individual or company can apply for any licence offered by the NTRC. All licence applications must be completed separately* in triplicate and each application fee must be paid to the NTRC on submission.



    1. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all necessary documentation supports their request for a licence. The NTRC is not responsible for collecting application information for applicants. If in the process of review by the NTRC, information is found to be missing, the contact designated on the application form will be notified to make the required additions or corrections.

*Some forms have multiple licences attached to them (i.e. the Individual Licence form covers five (5) licence types – Fixed Public Telecommunications, Public Mobile Telecommunications, Public Radio Paging, Internet Networks/Services and Submarine Cable – and while one form may be filled in and the appropriate boxes checked, all relevant information for each licence requirement must be included in triplicate.

This licence allows the holder of the licence to offer international calls to consumers via the networks of a licenced provider. Examples of these are phone booth and phone card operators.