was provided in
cooperation with the ITU ASP CoE Business Management Node hosted by
the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Thailand
and the ITU ASP CoE Policy & Regulation Node hosted by the Pakistan
Telecommunication Authority. This training was held at TOT
Academy in Bangkok, Thailand, from 9 to 13 November 2009.
Because changing technologies are having
a profound effect on the structure of the telecommunication and
information and communication technology (ICT) sector, and because pricing and
cost modeling practices are central to fostering a fair, competitive and healthy
telecommunication and ICT sector that ensures affordable access to
ICTs and promotes investment incentives for all market players, striking the right balance requires a full understanding and ability
to analyze in detail the advantages and
disadvantages of different cost models, including their implications
for the calculation of cost-based tariffs for regulated retail and
wholesale services and the challenges of data collection.
The training workshop was conducted on a highly participative
basis using excel based training models, engagement and discussions.
The scope of this workshop included:
The importance of costing and the economic rationale;
Methodologies and their application;
Actual models and model-building;
Using model outputs.
Presentations, small groups working together and case study analysis
were used as learning tools to provide practical insights on key
Finance professionals involved in pricing and cost modeling, and
Finance personnel involved in the calculation of cost-based tariffs for regulated
retail and wholesale services and data collection for auditing
and compliance purposes.
At the end of the course, participants
were expected to have an understanding of:
the relationship between price regulation and costs;
the various cost standards and their areas of useful
application in telecommunications;
the types of models, their advantages and disadvantages, and
how they are used;
the role and challenges of benchmarking;
how each type of model works, by inspection and interaction;
how to find and enter data;
how to make the necessary enquiries, choices and judgments
needed when carrying out a full cost modeling project.