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2008: Strategies to Achieve Connectivity and Convergence

Course Announcement

12th Executive Course on Telecom Reform: Strategies to achieve connectivity and convergence, 10 – 14, June 2008, Changi Village Hotel, Singapore

LIRNEasia and CONNECTasia Forum Pte. Ltd.

The current stage of telecom and ICT reform poses many challenges to governments, regulatory agencies, operators, and other stakeholders. The certainties of yesterday are no more: individual assignments of frequencies are being questioned in the light of new standards such as Wi-Fi and WiMax; the distinctions between wired and wireless are being blurred; classic price regulation is becoming less central to the missions of regulatory agencies and new market friendly mechanisms for extending connectivity are beginning to be implemented; and all industry players are being challenged to address content issues at various levels. More is being demanded of the regulatory process and agencies, with the same resources. Operators have to understand the regulatory process well so that they can navigate its complexities. With telecom assuming a more prominent position in economies and societies, civil society and media have to equip themselves to participate in its governance. Knowledge to deal with these new challenges is vital; the opportunity to reflect on these issues in the company of peers and away from the daily demands of the office environment is essential.

The 12th Telecom Reform Course offered by LIRNEasia and CONNECTasia Forum Pte.Ltd. (the third in Singapore) offers that learning opportunity. It is designed to enhance the strategic thinking of a select group of senior decision makers in the telecom and related sectors in the Asia Pacific and elsewhere. After having been offered in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, the course is now being taught on a regular schedule in Singapore.

Agenda – 12th Executive Course on Telecom Reform

A specialized workshop for SAARC region regulatory agencies on sector and regulatory performance indicators will be offered on June 14-15.

Agenda – Expert Forum on ICT Sector Indicators and Benchmark Regulation

Attendance at Telecom Reform courses is capped at 40. Attendees will include regulators and senior officials of regulatory agencies; senior regulatory staff at operators; and leaders of consumer and other organizations participating in reform processes.

In addition to Dr. Rohan Samarajiva who designed and led the recent Telecom Reform courses, previous speakers have included Dr. Tim Kelly (Head, Telecom Standardization Policy Division, International Telecommunication Union), Mr. Rajendra Singh (former Secretary, TRAI, currently with the World Bank), Dr. Harsha de Silva (Lead Economist, LIRNEasia) and Ms. Helani Galpaya (Director of Strategic Development, LIRNEasia). At recent courses, keynote presentations were delivered by speakers of the caliber of Mr. M.H. Au (Director General of Telecom, Hong Kong China), Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya (CEO, Dialog Telekom, Sri Lanka), Mr. Andy Haire (Assistant Director General, InfoComm Development Authority, Singapore), and Mr. Satish Ranade (Vice President—Legal, VSNL).

LIRNEasia courses provide cutting-edge, policy-relevant knowledge presented by reflective practitioners, addressing the most pressing regulatory issues and drawing from ongoing research. The 2008 Course will include presentations on benchmark regulation and demand analysis that draw from ongoing research projects. More about LIRNEasia training courses.


  • Government/regulatory agency (1st participant) | USD 2,500
  • Government/regulatory agency (additional participants from same entity) | USD 2,000
  • Public or private operators and other private sector (1st participant) | USD 3,000
  • Public or private operators and other private sector (additional participants from same entity) | USD 2,200
  • Civil society, non-profit and educational institutions; media organizations | A limited number of scholarships (not inclusive of airfare and per diems) are offered with IDRC support
  • The fee (and scholarship) covers: program tuition, reading and classroom material; accommodation for five nights (arrival June 10th, departure June 15th) (additional nights may be arranged direct with the hotel); 5 breakfasts (June 11-15); 4 lunches (June 11-14); 7 refreshment breaks and opening and closing dinners (June 10 and June 13) only. Changi Village is a beach resort hotel optimized for conventions and meetings. Many dinner options are available at the hotel and within walking distance of hotel (hawkers’ market and restaurants). The fee does not cover airfare and any additional activities within Singapore. Registrations are on a first-come-first-served basis until the course limit is reached. Registrations close May 15th, 2008

    The hotel is very close to the Changi Airport and offers hourly free shuttles which may be taken or an efficient Singapore taxi will take you to the hotel for less than USD 5 (they take credit cards; but you may wish to change currency at the airport).

    For a valid registration, the completed registration form must be received and full payment must be deposited in the Connectasia Forum Pte. Ltd. account: The Hongkong and Shanghai Corporation Limited, HSBC Payments Department, 60A Orchard Road #01-02, The Atrium@Orchard, Singapore 238890; Account name: CONNECTasia Forum Pte. Ltd.; Account number: 260-531520-178 (USD account); SWIFT code: HSBCSGSG.

    For cancellations after May 15th, 2008 no refunds can be made, though the organizers will be open to substitution by an equivalent person. For cancellations prior to May 15th, 2008, a 60% refund will be given.Please direct any inquiries to:
    Ms. Prashanthi Weragoda, Course Manager
    LIRNEasia, 12 Balcombe Place, Colombo 00080, Sri Lanka
    Tel: +94 77 355 8010; Fax+94 11 267 5212
    e-mail: training[at]; URL:

    The following documents provide more information on the course:

    • Course registration & room reservation [DOC] [PDF]

    Presentations for download:

    12th Executive Course on Telecom Reform

    11 June 2008

    1. Reform model: Time to rethink? – Rohan Samarajiva
    2. Competition as the necessary condition for good performance – Harsha de Silva
    3. What do regulators and operators need to know about demand? – Harsha de Silva
    4. Lessons from an international gateway liberalization – Rohan Samarajiva
    5. Sector and regulatory indicators: Why should regulators and operators care?Rohan Samarajiva

    12 June 2008

    1. The use of benchmarks in regulation: What operators and regulators need to think about – Helani Galpaya
    2. Licencing and authorizations, drawing on ICT regulation toolkit – M. Aslam Hayat
    3. Competition regulation – General or sector-specific? – M. Aslam Hayat
    4. General or sector-specific regulation: Additional problems in developing countries – Rohan Samarajiva
    5. Spectrum reform – Sherille Ismail
    6. Spectrum regulation: Developing country addendum – Rohan Samarajiva
    7. USO & USF – M. Aslam Hayat & Harsha de Silva
    8. Universal Service. Should the funds be folded? What are the options?: A researcher practitioner dialog – Harsha de Silva

    13 June 2008

    1. Licence to…converge – M. Aslam Hayat
    2. Alternative dispute resolution & alternative regulatory practices – Rohan Samarajiva
    3. M-Payments in Asia-Pacific – John Ure
    4. NGN: Pricing, Billing and Interconnection – John Ure (on behalf of Tim Kelly, ITU)
    5. Regulator’s role in disaster risk reduction – Rohan Samarajiva

    14 June 2008

    1. Conditions for broadband investment:Provocative thoughts – Rohan Samarajiva
    2. Broadband –Regulatory challenges in addressing QoS issues – Chanuka Wattegama
    3. Effective regulation in an imperfect world: The role of legitimacy – Rohan Samarajiva

    Expert Forum on ICT Sector Indicators and Benchmark Regulation

    14 June 2008

    1. Setting the Stage: Intelligent Regulation – Rohan Samarajiva (Dinner speaker)

    15 June 2008

    1. Collecting & Reporting Indicators: Problems & Potential –  Helani Galpaya
    2. Broadband Quality of Service – Rajamanickam Thirumurthy
    3. Broadband QoS Test Results Illustration – Chanuka Wattegama
    4. NRA Website Survey: Asia- Pacific – Chanuka Wattegama and Lara Alawattegama
    5. Benchmarking broadband/data prices – Helani Galpaya
    6. Benchmarking telecom prices: The South Asian case – Tahani Iqbal
    7. Asian ICT Indicators Database: An introduction – Sriganesh Lokanathan


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