Telecom Policy, Regulation, and Management as Drivers for Transforming Emerging Economies

Venue: New Delhi

Location: New Delhi, India

Event Date/Time: Feb 23, 2012 End Date/Time: Feb 24, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 15, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Nov 15, 2011
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• The objective of the conference is:
• To provide a special forum to present and discuss research and development in telecom policy, regulation and management, specially related to Emerging Economies
• To facilitate sharing research based knowledge amongst academician and practitioners on several areas in telecommunications
• To promote promising scholars in the field of telecommunication.

• The theme of the conference is: “Telecom Policy, Regulation, and Management as Drivers for Transforming Emerging Economies”. The Organizing Committee lists six track themes in context of emerging economies. Authors with papers on topics related to the following themes are encouraged to submit abstracts and papers. The following are the track themes:

1. National Broadband Policy and Outcome
• Adoption and diffusion of broadband.
• New wireless technologies and their implications.
• R&D in convergence, communication and broadband.
• Cable TV opportunity.

2. Spectrum and Technology
• The definition, specification and enforcement of property rights in spectrum.
• Models for auctions and trading.
• Issues in spectrum refarming.
• Strategic Management of spectrum.

3. Service Adoption, Social Networking
• Access, interconnection, and unbundling in a converged world.
• Adoption of new services.
• Social networking and societal/policy implication
• Experience with new services in license-exempt and license band.
• Creating demand and awareness about broadband.
• Social and business implications of emerging technologies and regulations.

4. Universal Service
• Models, instruments and institutions for Universal Service.
• Implications of emerging demographic contours for Universal Service.
• Implication of convergence and broadband on Universal Service.

5. Regulation
• Competition and the factors that promote and retard competition.
• Emergence of convergent regulatory bodies.
• Regulatory Challenges of New Generation Networks (NGN). Need for governments to create incentives for investment in NGN.
• Regulation of interconnection of IP and circuit-switched networks.
• Pricing.
• The implications of convergence for competition (including VOIP and IPTV)
• Multi-platform competition: policies and implications for prices and services.
• Evolution of institutional arrangements, political economy, and challenges to reform.
• Experience of managing regulatory agencies.
• Role of judicial processes and implication for scope of regulatory agencies.

6. Comparative Analysis
• Cross-national analysis of market performance for wireless services, regulation, adoption, and spectrum management regimes.

7. Other Issues.