School of Telecoms Management

Introduction to Telecoms Regulation

Course-DescriptionTechnological and economic realities are moulding the design and impact of telecommunications regulation. This 2-day course is designed to give delegates a good knowledge of telecoms regulation and how regulation shapes technological developments and vice versa.

The course is intended for those working in regulation – those who are highly specialised or those that are relatively new to it; additionally those working in the telecommunications industry that need to understand the importance and power of regulation in the industry and to respond flexibly to the challenges that it presents. The course concentrates the economics of regulation and the challenges posed by next generation technologies. It examines the political, economic and technical principles that lie behind regulation and draws upon the varying needs and experiences of actual regulatory environments around the world. Regulatory strategy and its commercial impact will be considered by examining the development of example national regulatory organisations, along with a regulatory road map.

Delegates will participate in a case study which will lead them through building a regulatory strategy and work plan for an idealised small country and consider how this strategy and work plan will impact the commercial strategies of various market players.

There are no pre-requisites for this course, in particular no understanding of economics is required; however a basic understanding of the telecommunications industry would be an advantage. Delegates should be prepared to tackle an analytical approach to regulation.

Why should you attend this course?

Complete this highly practical course and you will be able to:

  • Clearly explain why and where regulation may be imposed
  • Evaluate the impact of changes that have taken place in regulation in recent years and decades
  • Gain a basic mastery of the economics of regulation
  • Build a greater appreciation of the distinctive characteristics that affect regulation of networks utilising different technologies
  • Identify anti-competitive behaviour and assess the likelihood and impact of regulatory intervention
  • Confidence to apply the technical and economic principles of regulatory design to the regulation of telephony and broadband interconnection
  • Discuss and clearly articulate the impact on regulation and deregulation of radio-based technologies
  • Provide guidance on the allocation and assignment of radio spectrum using the institutional methods by which this is achieved
  • List, describe and evaluate the purpose and mechanism of the main regulatory instruments and state when and where they may be applied
  • Better assess how a range of regulatory strategies and policies will affect different operators

Course summary:

  • The concept of regulation
  • Regulatory Institutions and the Process of Regulation
  • The Market Review Process – Market Definition
  • The Market Review Process – Market Power
  • Abuse of Dominant Position
  • The Market Review Process – The Regulator’ Power to Impose Remedies
  • Cost Models
  • Regulating Radio Spectrum
  • The Regulatory Function

Who should attend this course?

The course is intended for those working in regulation, both those who are highly specialised or relatively new to it; additionally those working in the telecommunications industry that need to understand the importance and power of regulation in the industry and to respond flexibly to the challenges that it presents