033 – Telecom Regulation for Today’s World

Location & Date:  Houston, Texas USA. Jul 17-21 | Dubai, UAE. Oct 9-13 | Houston, Texas USA. Nov 6-10, Istanbul, Turkey. Nov 6-10
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

This course is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive comprehension of telecom regulation as it applies in today’s world. The premise of the course includes discussion, and analysis of the key issues and tools available to ensure a fair and equitable telecom environment. A site visit is a “must” for the practical application.

• Obtain a sound comprehension of the global and competitive telecommunications environment and its impact on the activities of a regulator.
• Comprehend the key principles of regulation including competition policy and licensing and the role and responsibilities of the regulator in these areas
• Comprehend the role and responsibilities of the regulator with respect to interconnection and tariffs
• Analyze the regulatory issues represented by scarce resource including numbering and spectrum management
• Asses the regulatory challenges and issues of VOIP, Local Loop Unbunding and Next Generations Networks
• Comprehend important dispute resolution mechanisms and the role of the regulator in settling disputes
• Comprehend the tool available to deal with regulatory challenges in today’s world.

Target Audience

This course is for Managers, Assistants Managers, Field Managers, Regulators, Administrative Managers, Commissioners, Board members, Directors, Staff members, and Secretaries. Everyone interested in understanding an-all around telecom regulation in today’s world including key administrators and telecommunication professionals in the public and private sectors.

Course Outline

Overall picture of the global and competitive telecommunications environment
• Evolution of telecom industry structure
• Global telecom trends
• WTO regulatory standards
• Implications for regulators

• The need to regulate
• Principles for effective regulation
• Current issues

The regulator
• Role
• Responsibilities
• Organization
• Best practices

Competition policy and safeguards
• General principles
• Fundamental concepts
• Significant Market Power (SMP)
• Methods of control

• Types of licensing regimes
• Types of licenses
• Licensing procedures
• Licensing practices
• Fees

• Definition and importance
• Role and responsibilities of the regulator
• Reference Interconnection Offer (RIO)
• Interconnection agreement
• Interconnection pricing
• Interconnection Quality of Service (QoS)
• Interconnection best practices

Cost and cost modelling
• Why is costing important
• Is costing complicated
• Cost causation
• Cost categories
• What information is needed
• Practical implementation of LRIC
• A reasonable model

Price regulation
• Why regulate pricing
• Rate of Return regulation
• Price cap regulation
• Rate rebalancing
• International price comparisons
• International long distance prices

Managing scarce resources
• Spectrum management
• Number planning
• Right of way

Local Loop Unbundling (LLU)
• Implementation of LLU
• Challenges & issues

Universal service and universal access
• Role of the regulator
• Universal Service Obligations (USO)
• Net cost
• Benefits
• Funding

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
• VoIP fundamentals
• Regulation of VoIP services

NGN policy and regulation
• Overview
• Change drivers
• Convergence
• NGN regulation
• NGN consultation process
• Universal service
• NGN pricing and access
Protecting consumers

Dispute resolution
• Role of the regulator
• Dispute resolution mechanisms

Tuition: $4,000