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Roaming Workshop Programme

ITU High Level Workshop on International Mobile Roaming
Geneva, Switzerland, 23-24 September 2013

Monday, 23 September 2013
08.30 – 09.30 Delegates registration
09.30 – 09.45 Opening Ceremony
    • Mr Philippe METZGER on behalf of Mr Brahima SANOU, BDT Director
    • Mr Bilel JAMOUSSI on behalf of Malcolm JOHNSON, TSB Director
09.45 – 11.00  Session 1: Overview of the growth of mobile services and their increased importance for economies
Moderator:  Ms Carole G. HAGE, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Lebanon
Presentation First part of the ITU Roaming Report by Mr Dimitri YPSILANTI, ITU Expert
    • Mobile devices, their growth and use as the main tool for communications
    • Growth in international travel and international communications
    • The challenge of high roaming prices in voice and data roaming
    • Why roaming is expensive?
    • Cross border roaming or inadvertent roaming
    • Mr Soumalia ABDOULKARIM,  Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU)
    • Mr Kila GULO-VUI, Director, Economics, Consumer & International Affairs, National Information & Communication Technology Authority,
      Papua New Guinea
    • Mr Antoine POKAM, Sub Director Telecommunications and ICT Regulation, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Cameroon
Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30  Session 2: ITU activities related to roaming issues
Moderator:  Mr Leslie MARTINKOVICS, Director, International Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Verizon Communications Inc. 
   and Vice-Chairman ITU-T Study  Group 3
Presentation by Mr Makhtar FALL, Chief Regulatory & Market Environment Division, ITU/BDT - Presentation on  ITU Activities Related to Roaming Issues 
    • World Conference on International telecommunication (WCIT-2012) results
    • The new provisions on International Mobile Roaming
14.00 – 15.30  Session 3: Responding to high IMRS prices
Moderator:  Mr Philippe METZGER, Deputy to the BDT Director and Chief of Administration and Operations Coordination Department
Presentation Second part of the ITU Roaming Report by Mr Dimitri YPSILANTI, ITU Expert
    • The cost structure of roaming (cost elements that operators are calculating and that make the roaming expensive)
    • Business initiatives (economic models applied, there is a tariff methodology? best practices) and technological developments
    • The availability of substitutes to roaming - alternative roaming procedures
    • National, regional and international initiatives
Coffee break
16.00 – 17.00  Session 4: Private Sector Initiatives on IMR
Moderator:  Mr Bilel JAMOUSSI, Chief of Study Groups Department, ITU/TSB
Presentation on GSMA Roaming Transparency Initiative by Mr Vikram RAVAL, Roaming Regulation Public Policy, GSMA
    • Transparency of IMR retail prices
    • Operators practices and initiatives
    • Ms Mercy NDEGWA, Senior Manager, Regulatory Economics & Compliance, Safaricom Limited, Kenya
    • Mr Nezih DINCBUDAK, Director Regulatory Affairs Africa, Middle East & Asia, Orange, France
    • Mr Richard ANAGO, Directeur de la Coopération et des Organisations Internationales, Ministère du Développement, de l'Économie
      Numérique et des Postes, Burkina Faso
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
09.30 – 10.30  Session 5: Policy and regulatory actions
Moderator:  Ms Lee TUTHILL, Counsellor, Trade in Services Division, WTO, Geneva, Switzerland - Paper International Mobile Roaming:  Possible Implications for GATS
Presentation Third part of the ITU Roaming Report by Mr Dimitri YPSILANTI, ITU Expert
    • Protecting and empowering consumers - consumer awareness of roaming costs
    • Market-based solutions which facilitate the use of substitutes by users
    • Wholesale price regulation: possibilities and cost determination?
    • Retail price regulation: possibilities and impact?
    • Taxation issues
    • Structural regulatory determinations to develop IMR competition
Coffee break
11.00 – 12.15  Session 6:  Best practices which have been put forward at the national, regional and international levels
Moderator:   Mr Tomas LAMANAUSKAS, Head, Corporate Strategy Division, ITU/SG
Presentation The Best practice Recommendations from the ITU Roaming Report by Mr. Dimitri YPSILANTI, ITU Expert
    • Best practice for price regulation
    • Best practice to increase transparency and awareness for users when roaming internationally
    • Best practice for regulators in IMR markets
    • Mr Filipe BATISTA, Associação de reguladores de Comunicações e Telecomunicações da Comunidade dos Países de
      Língua Portuguesa (ARCTEL-CPLP)
    • Mr Agustín DÍAZ-PINÉS, Telecommunication Economist, Policy Analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (OECD)
    • Mr Abilé Romain HOUEHOU, Coordonnateur, Réseau des Consommateurs Africains des TIC (RéCATIC)
    • Mr Ramunas LINARTAS, European Union (EU)
12.15 – 12.30  Final conclusions and closing of the High Level Workshop