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Sector Performance Reviews (SPR)

The ICT Sector Performance Reviews (SPR) of seven countries (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, PhilippinesAfghanistanBhutanMaldives)  have been completed.  The SPR is a comprehensive examination of the performance of the ICT sector.  It includes an TRE (Telecom Regulatory Environment) Survey as well for some countries. In addition a special report on Afghanistan Open Access Policy (OAP) was also commissioned as part of the sector performance review for Afghanistan.

For previous TRE surveys, click on the 2008 TRE page or the 2006 TRE page

Benchmarks

Price Benchmarks

Tariffs international voice services are benchmarked annually for International Direct Dial (IDD) and International Mobile Roaming (IMR). The following is reported:

  • IDD: Fixed and mobile tariffs from and to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries and to selected countries in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa and the Middle East.
  • IMR: Incoming and outgoing voice (to home and visiting countries) and Short Message Service (SMS). The home country is within the SAARC region and the visiting countries are within regions specified above.

In addition, regional broadband prices are also benchmarked.

The aim of reporting international tariffs is to be able to urge relevant stakeholders to lower prices in a manner where regional convergence of prices is visible.

Reports are available here.

Papers: Zuhyle S., and Gamage R. (2011). International Voice Tariffs: Disparities and Recommendations for convergence in South Asia.

 

Broadband Quality of Service Experience (QoSE)

User experiences of important QoS dimensions are reported annually for fixed broadband and mobile broadband connections in several cities within the region. Details of QoS measures, packages and cities the tests were conducted are available in the report.

We hope that the reporting of QoS experiences will cause regulators to promote transparency and improve service quality in the broadband market.

Reports are available here.

A comparison of the AT Tester with other QoS tools can be accessed here.

Papers: Galpaya H., and Zuhyle S. (2011). South Asian Broadband Service Quality: Diagnosing the Bottlenecks.

Videos: Communicating Research: Broadband QoSE video

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