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Operators call for better broadband regulation

Regulators mull operator suggestions to develop mobile broadband at ITU event

Operators call for better broadband regulation
Zain CEO Saad Al Barrak chaired this year’s Global Industry Leaders Forum (GILF) in Beirut.

Telecom operators attending last week's Global Industry Leaders Forum (GILF) in Beirut lobbied regulators to improve broadband regulations.

Operators stressed the need for governments to open markets to greater competition and use incentives to stimulate investment in broadband networks.

The forum, which was chaired by Zain Group's CEO Dr Saad Al Barrak and held just before the ITU's 9th Global Symposium for Regulators, went on to form a report which was presented to regulators at the opening session of the symposium.

The Industry Leaders Forum, and the subsequent report that was presented to the regulators, stressed the need for predictable, stable regulation, improved regional harmonisation of regulatory frameworks, more efficient management of radiofrequency spectrum, and a "light touch" by regulators to allow markets to evolve naturally, according to a statement from the ITU.

The operators also advocated technology-neutral regulation, and urged regulators to provide sufficient spectrum for the ongoing development of converged services.

Dr Kamal Shehadi, chairman of Lebanon's TRA, and chair of the GSR, stressed the importance of the views of the private sector and the need for regulators to listen to them.

"I cannot stress enough the importance of the private sector as a partner in constantly improving and fine-tuning ICT regulations through an open and transparent process of public consultations," he said.

The GSR, which is staged each year by the ITU, attracted some 648 participants from 89 countries.

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