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    ITU Asia-Pacific Centre of Excellence  training on

    “NGN Interconnection – Costing and Pricing”,

    17 - 19 September 2013, Bangkok, Thailand

             
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    Brief Description:

    Traditional interconnection regulation has involved setting cost-based prices primarily for voice calls using circuit-switched network technology.  These per-minute prices have often been established through the construction of network cost models, in most cases bottom-up long-run incremental cost models developed by the regulator for this specific purpose.  However next generation networks (NGNs) are increasingly migrating to the use of IP technology. For a while interconnection remained unchanged (with conversion back to circuit-switching at the point of interconnect), but as IP becomes the network technology of choice, so regulators have to establish new costing and pricing approaches for NGN interconnection. Is this a case of simply updating the technology used in their cost models, or are cost models themselves becoming redundant?  Or, given that the Internet manages without regulation, is the migration to NGN a signal for regulators to step back from interconnection regulation altogether?  This workshop will explore these critical issues through a mixture of lectures, case studies and role plays. 

     

    Tuesday 17th September (Day 1)

    0830-0900

    Registration

    0900-0930

    Introductions and opening remarks

    - ITU

    -MICT Thailand

    0930-1030

    SESSION 1: The regulatory tools for costing and pricing of NGN interconnection

    Objective: Understanding the place of regulatory accounting and cost modeling in a converged broadband environment: the approaches available; how and when to use them.

     

    - Presenter: David Rogerson, ITU Expert and Course Leader

    1030-1100

    COFFEE BREAK

    1100-1230

    SESSION 2: Cost-based regulation in practice: the good, the bad and the ugly.

    Objective: Identifying the seven habits of highly-effective cost-based regulation and the pitfalls that regulators commonly encounter.

     

    - Presenter: David Rogerson, ITU Expert and Course Leader

    1230-1400

    LUNCH BREAK

    1400-1530

    SESSION 3: NGN: a disruptive technology for interconnection (Part A: preparing for an interconnection negotiation)

    Objective: To understand the key issues involved with NGN interconnection through a hypothetical but realistic case study in which an internet service provider seeks access to the broadband customers of a telecoms operator.  In this first part, teams will be assigned specific roles and will prepare presentations to take into the negotiation.

     

    - Facilitator: David Rogerson, ITU Expert and Course Leader

    1530-1545

    COFFEE BREAK

    1545-1645

    SESSION 4: NGN: a disruptive technology for interconnection (Part B: holding the negotiation)

    Objective: To understand the key issues involved with NGN interconnection through a hypothetical but realistic case study in which an internet service provider seeks access to the broadband customers of a telecoms operator.  In this second part, the negotiation will be conducted between the teams, after which the outcome will be critiqued in plenary session.  

     

    - Facilitator: David Rogerson, ITU Expert and Course Leader

    Wednesday 18th September (Day 2)

    0930-1030

    SESSION 5: Why NGN brings new challenges for interconnection costing and pricing

    Objective: To provide an overview of the issues involved in establishing interconnection charges for NGN, and especially for regulating those charges.

     

    - Presenter: David Rogerson, ITU Expert and Course Leader

    1030-1100

    COFFEE BREAK

    1100-1230

    SESSION 6: The technical challenges of IP interconnection

    Objective: To provide an overview of IP technology and the implications for network architecture, investment, operating costs and interconnection including visit to equipment site and network elements involved.

     

    - Presenter: An Expert from TOT Academy

    1230-1400

    LUNCH BREAK

    1400-1530

    SESSION 7: Role-play of a Regulatory Hearing on NGN (Part A: preparing a regulatory approach)

    Objective: To understand the key issues involved with the regulation of NGN interconnection through a hypothetical but realistic case study in which a regulator has to develop its approach based on industry responses to a public consultation.

     

    - Facilitator: David Rogerson, ITU Expert and Course Leader

    1530-1545

    COFFEE BREAK

    1545-1645

    SESSION 8: Role-play of a Regulatory Hearing on NGN (Part B: making presentations and listening to other respondents)

    Objective: To understand the key issues involved with the regulation of NGN interconnection through a hypothetical but realistic case study in which a regulator has to develop its approach based on industry responses to a public consultation.

     

    - Facilitator: David Rogerson, ITU Expert and Course Leader

    Thursday 19th September (Day 3)

    0900-1030

    SESSION 9: International trends and case studies in IP interconnection

    Objective: To illustrate the main current and emerging issues involved in establishing interconnection charges for NGN through a review of international experience and practice.

     

    - Presenter: David Rogerson, ITU Expert and Course Leader

    1030-1100

    COFFEE BREAK

    1100-1230

    SESSION 10: Regional experience of NGN interconnection – Panel discussion

    Objective: Representatives from regional operators and regulators share views and opinions in open, structured discussion on approaches to regulatory costing in the Asia-Pacific Region – open discussion.  

     

    1230-1400

    LUNCH BREAK

    1400-1530

    SESSION 11: A holistic approach to broadband policy, regulation and NGN interconnection 

    Objective: To examine the role of Next Generation Networks in achieving national broadband policy goals.  The role of open access requirements and ex-post regulation; how to achieve effective and efficient remedies for anti-competitive practices.

     

    - Facilitator: David Rogerson, ITU Expert and Course Leader

    1530-1600

    COFFEE BREAK

    1600-1700

    PLENARY SESSION, CERTIFICATE DISTRIBUTION

    1700

    CLOSE OF WORKSHOP

     

 

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