SATRC Workshop on Policy, Regulation and Services

///SATRC Workshop on Policy, Regulation and Services

The Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) is organizing the South Asian Telecommunication Regulators’ Council (SATRC) Workshop on Policy, Regulation and Services from 3 to 5 July 2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop will be hosted by the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), Nepal. The workshop will be supported by Extra Budgetary Contribution (EBC) by the Government of Japan.

The workshop is a part of the implementation of SATRC Action Plan Phase VI which was adopted at the 17th SATRC meeting held in 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The objective of the workshop is to give an in-depth analysis on work items and better understanding in the policy, regulation and services related issues associated with those work items. The workshop is planned for high and mid-level officers of the SATRC Members. It will provide an opportunity for the SATRC Members to share their experiences and future plan with experts and industries.

Detail of the Workshop:

Date: 3-5 July, 2018

Venue: Radisson Hotel Kathmandu, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Input Documents of the workshop:

https://www.apt.int/2018-SATRC-WS-PRS-DOCS-INP

 

Schedule:

Tentative Programme

 

Time Tuesday, 3 July 2018
09:30 – 10:00 Opening

  • Welcome Address by Mr. Digambar Jha, Chairman of Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA)
  • Welcome Address by Ms. Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary General, Asia-Pacific Telecommunity
  • Welcome Address by Mr. Mahendra Man Gurung, Secretary of Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Nepal
  • Inaugural Address by Honorable Minister, Gokul Prasad Baskota, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Nepal

 

(Group Photograph)

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee/ Tea/Tea Break
10:30  – 11:00 Session 1 – Reviewing the activities of SATRC WG on Policy, Regulation and Services

 

·         Strategic Plan of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity for 2018-2020, APT Secretariat (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-05)

·         SATRC Action Plan Phase VI and activities of the SATRC WG on Policy, Regulation and Services, Mr. Wangay Dorji, Chairman of the SATRC Working Group on Policy, Regulation and Services (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-06)

 

11:00 – 12:30 Session 2a – Regulatory Approaches to Enhance Broadband Experiences

This session will focus on the regulatory issues to enhance the broadband experiences towards smart digital economy and discuss about the necessary steps. The focused issues will cover the followings:

  • Examine the regulatory challenges for development of broadband connectivity and identify the issues
  • Regulatory framework for the development of broadband network in SATRC countries
  • Domestic and international interconnection scenario on the broadband network
  • Examine the status of broadband services in local/regional languages
  • Initiatives that can be taken to promote broadband services, especially in rural areas  to enhance the  broadband experience

 

Moderator:   Mr. Wangay Dorji, Chairman of the SATRC Working Group on Policy, Regulation and Services

Presenters:

·         [Topic], by Mr. Anand Raj Khanal, Senior Director, Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA) (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-07)

·         Broadband in Afghanistan, by Mr. Noorul Hadi Rahmanzai, Legal and License Manager, Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-08)

·         [Topic], Mr. S M Taifur Rahman, Deputy Director, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-09)

·         Regulatory Measures on Data Privacy, Security and Consumer Education by Mr. Munisekhar Avileli, Advisor, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-10)

 

 

Q&A

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break – Hosted by NTA
14:00 – 15:30 Session 2b – Regulatory Approaches to Enhance Broadband Experiences (contd.)

 

Moderator:   Mr. Wangay Dorji, Chairman of the SATRC Working Group on Policy, Regulation and Services

Presenters:

·         Broadband Policy in Japan by Mr. Nao Zaitsu, Officer, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-11)

·         Enhancing Digital Connectivity – Trade Policy Considerations by Mr. Martin Roy, Counsellor, Trade in Services and Investment Division, World Trade Organization (WTO) (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-12)

·         Drive Rural Digitalization to Unlock New Economic Growth by Mr. Chen Dong, Senior Manager, Industry Development and Eco-System, Wireless Product Line, Huawei Technologies (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-13)

 

Q&A

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee/ Tea Break
15:45 – 17:15 Session 2c– Regulatory Approaches to Enhance Broadband Experiences (contd.)

 

Moderator:   Mr. Wangay Dorji, Chairman of the SATRC Working Group on Policy, Regulation and Services

Presenters:

·         Connectivity – Identifying and closing the gaps by Mr. Ashwani Rana, Head of Connectivity Policy (South and Central Asia), Facebook Inc. (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-15)

·         Spectrum Allocation and Pricing to Maximize Broadband Growth: Case Studies from South Asia by Mr. Austin Menyasz, Director, Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Telenor Group (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-16)

·         4G Deployment – Aspiration and Challenges by Mr. Muhammad Adeel Israr, Chief Technical Officer, Ncell Pvt. Ltd., Nepal (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-17)

·         [Topic] by Mr. Dileep Agrawal, Chairman of ISPAN and founder/CEO of WorldLink Communications Pvt. Ltd., Nepal (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-18)

 

Q&A

18:30 – Welcome Dinner by NTA
Time Wednesday, 4 July 2018
9:30 – 11:00 Session 3a – Policy and Regulatory Aspects of Infrastructure Sharing

This session will focus on various policy and regulatory aspects of passive and active infrastructure sharing. The focused issues will cover the followings:

  • Various forms and models of infrastructure sharing
  • Current regulatory framework for infrastructure sharing in SATRC countries
  • Best practices and case studies on policy and regulatory solutions to encourage efficient infrastructure sharing

 

Moderator:   Mr. Anand Raj Khanal, Senior Director, Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA)

Presenters:

·         Telecom Infrastructure Sharing Models and Regulator Approach in India, by Ms. Sangeeta Asrani, Joint Advisor, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-19)

·         Regulatory Framework for Infrastructure Sharing in Pakistan, by Mr. Mudassar Hafeez, Deputy Director, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-20)

·         [Topic], by Mr. M.C.M. Farook, Expert of New Technologies, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-21)

 

Q&A

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee/ Tea Break
11:15  – 12:45 Session 3b – Policy and Regulatory Aspects of Infrastructure Sharing (contd.)

 

Moderator:   Mr. Anand Raj Khanal, Senior Director, Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA)

Presenters:

·         Policy and Regulatory aspects of Infrastructure Sharing by Mr. Parameswaran N, Independent Consultant, Ex-Principle Advisor, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-22)

·         Infrastructure Sharing: Global and Regional Case Studies by Mr. Foong Chee Keong, Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Axiata Group Berhad, Malaysia (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-23)

 

Q&A

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch Break – Hosted by NTC
14:00 – 15:30 Session 4a – Enhanced Consumer Protection in Digital Economy (including Cybersecurity, Big Data and Data Sovereignty)

This session will cover the pro-active regulatory measures and initiatives geared towards educating and empowering consumers in terms of the rights of the users in an open, transparent and inclusive digital world. The focused issues will cover the followings:

 

  • Sharing best practices for educating consumer and putting in place the regulatory measures on privacy, security, fighting illegal/harmful contents, copyright and online delivery
  • Addressing consumer right, trust and redressal
  • Regulatory practices for maximizing the use of Big Data for socio-economic benefit
  • The issue of data sovereignty in the context and appropriate regulatory measures to ensure data sovereignty

 

Moderator:   Mr M.C.M. Farook, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) (TBC)

Presenters:

·         Broadband Penetration Challenges and way forward by Mr. Munisekhar Avileli, Advisor, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-24)

·         [Topic] by Ms. Urachada Ketprom, Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), Thailand (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-25)

·         Enhanced Consumer Protection Issues in WTO Discussion by Mr. Martin Roy, Counsellor, Trade in Services and Investment Division, World Trade Organization (WTO) (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-26)

 

Q&A

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee/Tea Break
15:45 – 17:15 Session 4bEnhanced Consumer Protection in Digital Economy (including Cybersecurity, Big Data and Data Sovereignty) (contd.)

 

Moderator:   Mr M.C.M. Farook, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) (TBC)

Presenters:

·         Enhanced Consumer Protection in Digital Economy by Dr. Manodha Gamage, Intelligent Solutions and Consultancy Ltd. Sri Lanka (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-27)

·         Cybersecurity, Big Data, and Data Sovereignty for Enhanced Consumer Protection in the Digital Economy by Mr. Paul Ulrich, Senior Policy Manager, APAC, GSMA (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-28)

 

Q&A

16:30- Diner by Ncell Pvt. Ltd.
Time Thursday, 5 July 2018
9:30  – 11:00 Session 5ICT Regulatory Framework for M2M Communications and IoT for SATRC Countries

The policy and regulatory challenges for M2M and IoT are enormous and involve reshaping regulations and opening avenues for imaginative new policies. This sessions will focus on various policy and regulatory aspects of M2M communications and IoT such as:

 

  • Quality of Services in M2M/IoT
  • M2M roaming requirements
  • Licensing, numbering and other regulatory aspects
  • M2M/IoT  ecosystem

 

Moderator:   Mr. C. Mani Chaulagain, Member, Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA)

Presenters:

·         Regulatory Challenges in M2M/IoT, by Mr. Sajja Mohan Kumar Chandra, Joint Advisor, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-29)

·         [Topic], by Mr. C. Mani Chaulagain, Member, Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-30)

·         Regulatory Framework for IoT by Dr. Dr. Manodha Gamage, Intelligent Solutions and Consultancy Ltd. Sri Lanka (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-31)

 

Q&A

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee/ Tea Break
11:15 – 12:45 Session 6Regulatory Framework for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)

Most of the countries on SATRC have yet to adopt a formal position with respect to MVNO. This session will focus on the possible regulatory framework for the operation of MVNO. The issues to be discussed will include:

·         Prospective of MVNO market in SATRC countries

·         Best practices and existing framework for MVNO

·         Regulatory challenges towards VNO

 

Moderator:   TBD

Presenters:

·         Regulatory Framework for MVNOs in South Asia by Dr. Shahbaz Nasir, Deputy Director, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-32)

·         Regulatory Framework for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) by Mrs. Nazi Yektaarabani, Expert of New Technology, Communication Regulatory Authority of Iran (CRA) (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-33)

·         [Topic] by Mr. Parameswaran N, Independent Consultant, Ex-Principle Advisor, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (SAPVI-WSPRS-INP-34)

 

Q&A

12:45 – 13:00 Session 7 – Wrap-up and Closing

·         Key points on the work items discussed at the workshop

·         Closing remarks

 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
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