UAE TRA hosts global regulator conference

The UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority is, for the first time, hosting the symposium, which is this year focused on discussing the best regulatory methods for deploying strategies and organisational measures for implementing Next Generation Networks (NGN).

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By  Christopher Reynolds Published  February 5, 2007

The seventh global symposium for telecommunications regulators got underway in Dubai earlier today. The UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority is, for the first time, hosting the symposium, which is this year focused on discussing the best regulatory methods for deploying strategies and organisational measures for implementing Next Generation Networks (NGN). “Many organisational strategies are expected to be delivered during this year and it is worth mentioning that the UAE will lead the Arab network of telecommunications regulatory authorities,” said the chairman of the event, Mohamed Al Ghanim, director general, TRA UAE. While the panel of international telecommunications experts at the event made clear that the conference is not designed to make specific recommendations to countries in the middle of, or on the verge of, deploying NGN technology, they did say it offers an essential forum for various regulatory authorities to voice their concerns and pose queries over emerging technologies to the assembled speakers. International Telecoms Union secretary general, Hamadoun I Toure, stated in his keynote speech how the road to NGN marks a turning point in the telecommunications industry, for consumers, policy makers and regulators. “Regulation will be vital to ensuring that the benefits of technological advances are realised by all the world’s people. As new networks are deployed, it will be necessary to ensure that competitive bottlenecks remain open. More immediately, many regulators will focus on issues like universal access, quality of services, the enabling environment and international internet connectivity,” said Toure. “The migration to NGNs represents a unique opportunity for us to analyse and evolve our regulatory frameworks,” he added.

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