Telecommunications rules and regulations

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    This course is an examination of the complex political, legal, administrative, financial and procedural issues associated with global telecommunications regulation. The local, national, and international legal aspects that regulate telecommunications with special emphasis on Arab Region and the role of the international organizations involved in this process.
    In this course, participants learn the key elements necessary to promote sound competition in the telecommunications sector; review the key determinants for effective network interconnectivity, licenses, universal access, and spectrum management; develop planning tools for enforcing regulation and consumer protections; and examine the latest case studies in dispute resolution.

Who should attend?

  • Commissioners, directors, and key staff of regulatory authorities
  • Communications ministry officials
  • Telecommunications economists, financial analysts, accountants, managers, and lawyers
  • Bilateral and multilateralinternational organizations

Course Outcomes​

  • List the key “next-generation” elements to effectively regulate and license competition in the telecommunications sector
  • Investigate the impact of mobile wireless, broadband, and 5G on current regulations
  • Describe how to create universal access plans and funding mechanisms
  • Identify the elements of tariff management and setting
  • Explore special topics, including convergence and dispute resolution mechanisms
  • Through presentations by expert instructors, site visits, and simulation exercises, participants are better prepared to plan and execute strategies to negotiate and regulate telecommunications and information technology transactions in their own countries. This course is designed to assist policy makers, regulators, and practitioners in effectively regulating and licensing competition in the telecommunications sector

Course Outline

The Impact of Convergence on the Regulatory Framework
  • Convergence
  • Regulatory framework checklist
  • Institutional design
  • Broadcasting and other media
  • Competition authorities
  • Postal, transport and finance
  • Next generation networks
  • Public policy issues and implications
Top Issues Facing the Telecom Sector
  • Convergence
  • Regulatory frameworks
  • Interconnection (pricing and costing)
  • Licensing & spectrum issues
  • Open & universal access
  • Data management, privacy and trust
  • Cybercrime/cyber security
  • Internet of things
  • Encryption
  • Platform liability
  • Internet shutdown
Licensing and Opening the Market for New Technologies
  • Definition and history of licensing
  • Why governments use licensing
  • Role of licenses and spectrum
  • Classes of licenses
  • License exemptions
  • Spectrum licenses
  • Unlicensed spectrum
  • Spectrum sharing
  • Additional policy tools
Universal Service Issues
  • Achieving universal service
  • Origin of universal service and universal access
  • New definitions
  • Universal access concepts, goals, objectives, and measurements
  • Universal access recommendations
  • Universal access strategies
  • Universal access fund management
  • Universal access fund mechanisms & instruments
  • Impact of broadband and ICT on the economy

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Enrolled: 36 students
Duration: 10 hours
Lectures: 4
Video: 9 hours
Level: Advanced


Working hours

Monday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday 9:30 am - 5.00 pm
Telecommunications rules and regulations
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