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ITU Expert-level training on network cost modeling
for the Asia Pacific region

Bangkok (Thailand), 9-13 November, 2009

Event Description

This training 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;

  • Cost standards;

  • Methodologies and their application;

  • Data sourcing;

  • 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 issues.

Target Audience:

This workshop helped:

  • 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.

Learning Objectives:

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.

Meeting Details  
Date: 9 - 13 November, 2009
Time: 9:00-17:00
Location:  TOT Academy
                Bangkok, Thailand
 
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