Organization of American States Department of<br />Human Development
Telecommunications Regulation Essentials

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Professional Development Scholarships Program

Telecommunication Regulation Essentials[1]

                                                                                                        OAS/DHDEC/CIR.21/2012

1) Study venue: MIC Hotel & Conference Centre (Training Center). Address: Euston House, 81-103 Euston St London, UK, NW1 2EZ Tel: + 44 (0) 207 380 0001 Fax: + 44 (0) 207 387 5300. website: www.micentre.com

2) Coordinator of the course:                     Helen Duran. E-mail: hduran@neotelis.com

3) Modality of the course:                             On site

4) Start and end dates of the course:       September 10th, to September 21st, 2012

5) Course duration:                                         Fourteen (14) days

6) Language of instruction:                          English

7) Course Objectives: A) Provide participants with a sound understanding of the global and competitive telecommunications environment and its impact on the activities of a regulator. B) Present the fundamental concepts of regulation and the role and responsibilities of the regulator. C) Perform an in-depth review of competition policy and licensing concepts. D) Present the role and responsibilities of the regulator related to interconnection and tariffs. E) Provide an understanding of numbering and spectrum management and the challenges it represents for the regulator. F) Present the regulatory challenges and issues of VoIP and local Loop. G) Present the different dispute resolution mechanisms and the role of the regulator in setting disputes.

8) Course content:

Overall picture of the global and competitive telecommunications environment

· Deregulation/Liberalization

· Privatization

· Globalization

· New players & Services

· International Trends

· Implications for regulators

Regulation

· The need to regulate

· Principles for effective Regulation

· The Regulator

· Role

· Responsibilities

· Organization

Competition Policy

· General principles

· Fundamental concepts

· Methods of control

Licenses

· Types of licensing regimes

· Types of Licenses

· Licensing procedures

· Licensing practices

· Fees

Interconnection

· Definition and importance

· Role and responsibilities of the regulator

· Reference Interconnection Offer (RIO)

· Interconnection agreement

· Interconnection charges

Costs and Tariffs

· Definitions

· Types of costs

· Cost modeling

· Types of tariffs

· Methodologies for tariff-setting

· Tariff regulation

Numbering

· Numbering plan

· Allocation of numbers

· Number portability

Spectrum Policy

· Spectrum allocation

· Spectrum management

· Monitoring and control

Local Loop Unbunding (LLU)

· Implementation of LLU

· Challenges & issues

Universal service and universal access

· Role of the Regulator

· Universal Service Obligations (USO)

· Net cost

· Benefits

· Funding

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

· VoIP Fundamentals

· Regulation of VoIP services

Dispute Resolution

· Role of the Regulator

· Dispute Resolution mechanisms

9) Eligibility requirements:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of an OAS Member State (Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brasil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba[2], Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, República Dominicana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela), residents must send a copy of their visa; 
  • Participant profile: Should have at least Bachelors degree in Administration, Commerce, Economics, Engineering, Law or Science.
  • At least four (4) of telecommunication/ICT experience, preferably in regulation for a telecommunication regulator or in regulatory affairs for a telecommunication operator, in areas such as regulatory framework, interconnection, costs and tariffs, spectrum management, economics studies, competition policy and universal service/access.
  • Experience, preferably in regulation agency and/or policy organization
  • English proficiency. To be considered for admission, scores must be submitted from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Exceptions may be made for applicants who hold a degree from a university located in a country in which English is the official language and also the language of instruction at the university. The minimum scores for admission consideration are:
  1. Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0
  2. TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based test
  • Submission of completed application form by the deadline set by the National Liaison Organization (ONE[3]. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ascertain the deadline set by the ONE in his or her country of residence.

Please Note: If you were awarded an OAS Professional Development Scholarship in the past twelve (12) months or if you currently hold an OAS Scholarship for Academic Studies, you are NOT eligible to apply for another Professional Development Scholarship.

10) Scholarships Benefits:

  • The Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS will cover up to $1,365.00 for round trip economy class airline tickets[4] from country of origin or residence to London, England.   Funds for terminal and in-transit expenses are NOT covered by the scholarship

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS CORRESPONDING TO THE 2012 REGULAR BUDGET

  • NEOTELIS will provide:

1. Training fee

2. Training manual in paper and electronic format

3. Lunches and coffee breaks during training days

4. Certificate of completion of the training program

11) OAS Scholarship Selection Criteria: In accordance with article 4.2 of the Manual of Procedures of the Scholarship and Training Programs of the OAS, OAS scholarships shall be granted based on the following criteria:

  • The objectives and priorities established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development;
  • The training priorities of the member states;
  • The merits and overall credentials of the candidate, including his/her academic and professional background;
  • The financial need of the candidate; and
  • An extensive and equitable geographic distribution for the benefit of all member states and that take into account the greater needs of the smaller and relatively less developed economies.

12) Responsibilities of the scholarship recipients: 
  • If the price of the ticket exceeds the amount of US$1,365.00 covered by the scholarship, the selected candidate will be responsible for the difference. 
  •  Based on an arrival date of Sunday September 9, 2012  and departure date of Saturday, September 22, 2012, the additional amount needed for participation in this course is estimated at USD$1,750.00 {14 days at USD$125.00} to cover the following costs:
  • USD$75.00 per day at a three star hotel.  Other higher rates hotels are available.

  • Meals (Neotelis provides lunch and coffee during breaks during the training course, the scholarship recipient is responsible for all other meals)

  • Airport transfers, local transportation

  • Other incidental expenses

            In order to become scholarship recipients, the selected candidates must confirm their acceptance of the scholarship by signing and returning to DHDEC their completed “form of acceptance of the scholarship award”;

  • If after accepting the scholarship, the scholarship recipient for whatever reason cannot attend the course, he or she must immediately notify the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS;
  • Scholarship recipients must communicate in writing to the OAS/DHDEC on which dates they will be able to travel, so the OAS can make the necessary travel arrangements;
  • Scholarship recipients are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa(s) to enter the country of study and the corresponding transit(s). The OAS will not be responsible for any costs related to obtaining visas or transfer documentation;
  • Each scholarship recipient is responsible for arriving on time for the commencement of activities on the date established by the institution offering the course or program;
  • If the scholarship recipient declines the scholarship, (after the ticket has been purchased without written authorization from the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS or fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or changes routes) the scholarship recipient will be responsible for paying the cost of the airfare or whatever additional cost is incurred;
  • If the scholarship recipient fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or change routes, after the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) has purchased his/her travel ticket, he/she will be responsible for paying the difference in ticket costs in order to arrive at the course site on time; and
  • The scholarship recipient will furthermore have to reimburse the total cost of the airfare for his/her travel from his/her country of residence to the site where the Professional Development Course will take place and back if, after the ticket has been purchased, he/she declines the scholarship without written authorization from the Department of Human Development, Education, and Culture of the OAS. The latter includes any additional costs, incurred by the GS/OAS, such as extra costs for accommodation during the scholarship recipient’s travel to and from the country where the course will be held.
  • Health insurance with international coverage for the duration of the course in London, U.K. which includes emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, and emergency medical meetings.

13) Application Process: 

    1.    Select the course:  http://www.educoas.org/PDSP/visualize/en_presencial.html
  1.  After having read the course information thoroughly, click “Continue/Continuar” at the end of the page.

  1. Complete application form.

  1. After completing application form click “Send / Enviar” at the end of the page 5.

  1. A copy of the application form will be sent automatically to your e-mail account.

  1. Print and sign application form e-mailed to your account.

      7. Submit signed form and required documents with Professional Development Scholarships Forms & Documents to the National Liaison Office (ONE) in your country.

Any questions regarding submission of applications for this course should be sent to: PDSP@oas.org



[1] The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (“GS/OAS”) reserves the right to cancel this scholarship announcement at any time. Moreover, the OAS, GS/OAS, and its personnel are not liable for any actions taken in reliance on or otherwise based upon information in this announcement.

[2] On June 3, 2009, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Americas adopted resolution AG/RES. 2438 (XXXIX-O/09), which resolves that the 1962 Resolution that excluded the Government of Cuba from its participation in the inter-American system, ceases to have effect in the Organization of American States (OAS). The 2009 resolution states that the participation of the Republic of Cuba in the OAS will be the result of a process of dialogue initiated at the request of the Government of Cuba, and in accordance with the practices, purposes, and principles of the OAS

[3] The deadline for presentation of applications to the (ONE) differs from country to country and should therefore be confirmed with the relevant ONE in the applicant's country of origin or permanent residence.

[4] OAS professional development scholarships will cover up to $1,365.00 for round trip airfare to travel.


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