A 10-day training course which will provide participants with an all-around understanding of telecom regulation as it applies in today’s world. The course includes discussion and analysis of the key issues and tools available to ensure a fair and equitable telecom environment.
• Obtain a sound understanding of the global telecommunications environment and its impact on the activities of a regulator • Understand the key principles of regulation including competition policy and licensing and the role and responsibilities of the regulator in these areas • Understand the role and responsibilities of the regulator with respect to interconnection and tariffs • Analyze the regulatory issues represented by scarce resources including numbering and spectrum management • Assess the regulatory approaches to areas such as VoIP and other OTT services, Local Loop Unbundling, Next Generation Networks, mobile money, net neutrality, roaming and SPAM • Gain an understanding of the tools available to deal with the regulatory challenges of today’s world
Who Should Attend?
• Telecommunications managers and personnel involved in telecom regulation and policy-making • Managers looking to complement their skill-set by gaining a good understanding of telecommunications regulation
The global telecommunications environment
• Evolution of telecom industry structure • Global telecom trends • WTO regulatory standards • Implications for regulators
• The need to regulate • Key principles for effective regulation
• Role & responsibilities • Organization • Best practices
Competition policy and safeguards
• General principles of competition policy • Telecommunications legislation • Significant Market Power (SMP) • Dealing with operators with SMP • Protecting competition
• Types of licensing regimes • Licensing objectives • Content
• Definition and importance of interconnection • Role and responsibilities of the regulator in interconnection • Types of interconnection • Interconnection agreement • Interconnection pricing • Reference Interconnection Offer (RIO) • Interconnection Quality of Service (QoS) • Interconnection best practices • Sources of conflict in interconnection
• Role of the regulator • Dispute resolution mechanisms
Cost and cost modeling
• Why is costing important • Is costing complicated • Cost causation • Cost categories • What information is needed • Practical implementation of LRIC
• Why regulate pricing • Rate of Return regulation • Price cap regulation • Rate rebalancing • International price comparisons • International long distance prices
• Defining the problem – why regulate roaming? • Regulatory approaches to roaming • Price caps to address roaming • Substitutes for roaming • Structural changes addressing roaming • Future developments
Managing scarce resources
• Spectrum management • Number planning • Right of way
Local Loop Unbundling (LLU)
• Implementation of LLU • Challenges & issues
NGN policy and regulation
• Overview • Change drivers and convergence • NGN regulation • Universal service impacts • NGN pricing and access
• Definitions • Regulatory approaches • Comparing the European and US approaches • Commercial issues • Net neutrality and the developing world
• Quality of service regulation • Consumer protection regulation • SPAM • Universal Service/Access (USO/A) • Industry data collection and publication
• Key factors in the regulation of mobile money • Key challenges in regulating mobile money • Regulatory approaches
VoIP and other OTT services
• What is VoIP? • Regulatory challenges of VoIP services • Regulatory approaches to VoIP • Other OTT services
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