Regulatory Virtual Facilitated TRMC Day 5

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Session 1 – Interconnection, Charges and Cost Modelling

Interconnection is the key to competition. What are the key concepts behind interconnection? How are interconnection regimes established? At the heart of the interconnection debate is the issue of what one operator should charge for carrying the calls of another operator. Central to this discussion is the obligation for interconnection charges to be cost orientated.

This obligation implies that operators and regulators must understand the cost of providing services such as interconnection. Cost models are therefore required. How can different costing methodologies be applied within:

  • Fixed networks?
  • Mobile networks?

Session 2 – Consumer policy and protection

This session looks at the demand side of competition policy and introduces concepts and tools available to regulators to help consumers engage effectively with markets. It includes explanation and examples of key consumer protection mechanisms. The session covers:

  • Complementarity of supply side and demand side regulation
  • Examples of consumer harm, including “bill shock” and nuisance calls
  • The role of consumer information
  • Switching and number portability
  • Consumer advocacy
  • Regulation of retail prices
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