016 – Emerging Trends in Telecommunications Regulations

Location & Date: Houston, Texas USA. May 1-5 | Amsterdam, Netherland. Aug 7-11 | Paris, France. Sep 11-15 | Houston, Texas USA. Oct 2-6
CEUs: 6.0

Registration Discount: $3,900 – You must Register 60 days in advance and payment must be Paid In Full 30 days prior to the start of class.

Course Overview

In this course, participants will learn the key elements to promote sound competition in The telecommunications sector; review the key determinants for effective network interconnectivity, licenses, universal access, and spectrum management; and develop planning tools for enforcing regulation and dispute resolution. The seminar provides exposure to the key “emerging” elements to effectively regulate and license competition in the telecommunications sector. Learn the impact of mobile wireless, 3G, broadband, VoIP and WIMAX on current regulations.

Learn the key network interconnection strategies for better clarity on service and pricing requirements. Learn how to create universal access plans and funding mechanisms. Learn the elements of spectrum management, allocation, and auctioning. Learn about special topics, including convergence, WTO, and dispute resolution mechanisms.

Develop your own telecommunications reform Action Plan for your regulatory body, utility, ministry, or service provider. Use your new laptop computer for Internet research, access to course materials during and after the course, case study analysis, simulation exercises, and to create your Action Plan. Network and build professional relationships with your fellow participants and leading telecommunications regulatory specialists, utility officials, attorneys, and service providers from around the world.

Target Audience:

Commissioners, Directors and Key Staff of Regulatory Authorities, Agencies, and Commissions, Communication Ministry Officials, Telecommunication and ICT Enterprise and Utility Managers, Telecommunication Economists, Financial Analysts, Accountants, Managers and Lawyers, Finance and Investment Officials responsible for investment promotion, Staff of Bilateral and International Organizations

Course Outline

• Next Generation Telecommunication Competition Policies and Licensing Requirements
• Regulating next-generation communications: mobile wireless, WLL, 3G, mobile broadband, GSM, WIFI, CDMA, VoIP, WIMAX and satellite
• Determining the licensing needs of the various services: radio, television, wireless (data, voice, and multimedia- VoIP & WIMAX), and satellite
• Pricing regulations and tariff modeling

Network Interconnection Strategies and Techniques
• Developing or upgrading guidelines and rules on network interconnection
• Determining national, regional, and international roaming market structures
• Determining what rights and obligations apply for interconnectivity and interoperability
• Developing a pricing structure

Universal Access Planning and Investment
• Developing a universal access policy
• Connecting rural communities through universal access programs
• Licensing as a strategy to rapidly expand mobile communications and broadband access
• Creating a universal service fund for rural Internet and communication development

Spectrum Management Regulation for Mobile Operators
• Economic & tariff issues in spectrum management
• Frequency spectrum auctioning, pricing and efficient resource allocation
• Understanding and complying with ITU specifications and licensing recommendations

Special Topics in Telecommunications and Information Technology Regulation
• Internet Protocol (IP) Multimedia Subsystems architectural framework integration
• Convergence of broadcast and mobile technology
• Developing incentives to increase Internet access and expand broadband
• Forms and methods of compliance with WTO Agreement on basic telecommunications
• Regulating Quality of Service issues
• Developing dispute resolution methods

Action Planning

Prior to completing the course, AEI requires participants to complete an Action Plan Detailing how they will apply their new knowledge and skills on-the-job. AEI has developed a four-step process to guide participants in developing their action plans. Our expert faculty members conduct several action-planning sessions throughout the course to assist each participant to develop his/her plan. On the last day of the course, each participant will present his/her action plan to the group for peer review and comments.

Tuition: $4,000