Regulatory and Economic Aspects
of VoIP and Broadband Promotion
Istanbul, Turkey - 29-30 November 2005
The European Regional Seminar
on Regulatory and Economic Aspects of VoIP and Broadband Promotion for Central
Eastern European countries (CEE), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and
Baltic States took place from the 29 to 30 November 2005, in Istanbul Turkey at
the kind invitation of the Turkish Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.
Between 60-70 guests were in attendance, including from within the regulatory
authority of Turkey, as well as from various authorities in Albania, Azerbaijan,
Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, and
Ukraine. The conference was formally opened by Dr. Tayfun Acarer, Director of
the Turkish Telecommunications Authority, and chaired by Dr. Ayhan Beydogan, in
conjunction with the participation of Mr. Valery Timofeev, Area Representative
from the Moscow Office of the International Telecommunication Union. The events
of the conference were facilitated and supported by the highly efficient and
helpful staff of the Turkish Telecommunications Authority, the Surmeli Hotel,
and the Adim Turism Agency.
Discussions, which were
simultaneously translated into Russian/Turkish/English, focused on the topic of
regulatory and economic issues related to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
and Broadband, and various cases were presented by experienced regulators and
consultants from within the ICT sphere.
Some of the main questions
are VoIP and broadband defined?
are the main technologies?
these threats or opportunities for the marketplace?
consumers, services providers and regulators, what are the economics behind
VoIP and Broadband applications?
effects will these have on tariff and pricing issues?
Presenters Prof. Reza Tadayoni,
Mr. Olli Mattila, Mr. Sameer Sharma, and Mr. John Moroney undertook the
formidable task of carrying discussions for a half day each, over the course of
which extensive inter-disciplinary ground was covered. Presentations drew from a
variety of technical, policy, regulatory as well as academic spheres - as
conference participants were presented with excellent explanations of the
architecture and definitions of Broadband and VoIP, the impact of VoIP on the
work of traditional telephony providers, related frameworks for conducive policy
formulation, as well as very diverse and interesting practical examples of
deployment from which to learn.
Further country-specific case
presentations were volunteered by Mr. Marek Sarnak of Slovakia, and Mr. Vladimir
Apostol of Romania.