The Telecommunications Regulation Toolkit is being designed as a live resource for policy-makers, regulators, the telecom industry, and consumers. The toolkit will provide a global overview of how telecom policy is best implemented with practical materials highlighting experience and results. The Telecom Regulatory Toolkit (2004) is an evolution from a previous product, the Telecommunications Regulation Handbook, published in 2000.
The original Telecommunications Regulation Handbook was one of Infodev’s most successful products, used in several capacity building events, translated and published in six languages, and downloaded numerous times from the Infodev’s web site. The new product, planned as a set of modules in an electronic toolkit format, which will resemble the Port toolkit and the Governance toolkit recently published by the World Bank Group, will have strong resemblance to the content, methodology and design of the previous work. However, the new web-based toolkit will be a practical tool for regulators and is expected to have continued relevance for the next five years.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Toolkit (2004) will provide a reference source for regulators on the telecommunications regulatory practices and procedures currently utilized around the world. The toolkit will provide context, and access to practical examples, precedent documents, regulatory decisions, descriptive literature and other information that will enable policy makers and regulators to base their decisions on the experience, precedents and best practices of the global regulatory community. The toolkit will focus on best practices available to implement clear and effective regulatory reform initiatives required for the introduction of competition, privatization, and more efficient telecom markets in emerging and industrialized economies. The Telecommunications Regulatory Toolkit (2004) will include a large number of regulatory reference documents, such as actual licenses texts, interconnection agreements, decisions and regulations, sample Terms of Reference for selecting advisors, issued by regulators around the world. The toolkit will also include practice notes to explain, and provide background information on the regulatory reference documents.
Here are the sections that make up the toolkit:
- Module 1: Regulating the telecommunications sector: overview of telecommunications growth and innovation, Telecommunications and economic development, rationale for regulation, principles for effective regulation, key success factors and risk of failure, institutional responsibilities.
- Module 2: Competition and price regulation: fair competition, interconnection and access, prices, benchmark price regulation, data requirements, effective price regulation
- Module 3: Licensing Telecommunications Services: introduction, licensing approaches, competitive licensing processes, licensing practices, special licensing situations
- Module 4: Extending services beyond the market: principles and basic concepts, market shortfalls and development gaps, roles of the government and the private sector, scope of support beyond the market, principles of cost-effective support, funding sources and mechanisms
- Module 5: Spectrum management: technical introduction, scope of spectrum use and issues, International administrative framework, national institutional arrangements, allocating frequency bands among uses and technologies, users, pricing, monitoring and enforcing, current trends
- Module 6: Legal and institutional framework: laws and regulations, international treaties and agreements, WTO, national legislation and regulations, institutional arrangements for telecommunications regulation; Regulatory processes, relationships with judiciary and competition authorities, governance, realistic design options, human resources and capacity building
- Module 7: Looking ahead: new technologies and applications, convergence, internet's impact on networks, business models, market structures, and regulations, broadband, the way forward