APT Local Trainings on “Licensing in a Converged Environment” and “Competition Policy in a Digital Age” successfully held in Ulaanbaatar

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The five-day trainings on “Licensing in a Converged Environment” by RTTC Nagpur and “Competition Policy in a Digital Age” by GSMA was successfully held, both with support of the Asia Pacific Telecommunity /APT/, from 04-08 September 2017 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, among . Totally 90 participants of 22 government and private organizations of the ICT sector, as well as Authority for Fair Competition and Consumer Protection were attended.

Training on “Licensing in a Converged Environment” was provided by our guest speaker Dr. Manish Shukla, Principal and General Manager of RTTC, Nagpur of BSNL and covered significant and topical issues, such as impacts of convergence markets, traditional and emerging licensing regimes, unified licensing framework, international best practices and challenges in migration to converged licensing. During the training, Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC) introduced brief presentation of current situation of Mongolia on this matter, which was very helpful to get deep understanding of the subject.

ICT is fastest growing and very particular sector where advanced technologies and new services introduced every day, and policies and business environments rapidly changed. Consequently, the convergence of various services and technologies are continuously increasing and will increase further. Therefore, gathering together policy makers, regulators and operators who need to understand licensing issues related to convergence, exchanging international best practices and trends, gaining common understanding and discussing current issues and challenges was the main benefit of the training course.

Convergence creates possibilities for companies to develop and deliver services across technology platforms, for users to get access to new kinds of communication and media services, and promotes the expansion of competition among networks and technologies. ICT policy makers and competition authorities need to assess how these digital trends impact competition policy in the communications sector. Regulatory authorities must be alert to rapid technological changes that impact infrastructure competition and the related downstream and upstream markets.

Through the course on “Competition policy in a digital age”, held under guidance of Mr. Serafino Abate, Director of the Competition Economics of the GSMA, the participant could gain a foundation for understanding the rules of competition and the regulatory powers that apply to the telecommunications sector, within the background of a wider competitive landscape that now includes over-the-top players. Furthermore, it gave an opportunity to understand ICT competition policy, to recognize implications of the Digital Age on market shares, to discover how OTTs are breaking down the integration between mobile networks and services, to look at how infrastructures are converging and to compare case studies and best practices of other countries.

Especially this time, when the drafting of Amendments on Communications Law and Competition Law, within the resolution on “Guidelines to improve laws and regulations of Mongolia until 2020” adopted by Mongolian Parliament in 2017, it is certain that this training would be great support and valuable contribution to enhance our policies and regulations.