The Telecommunications Regulatory classes provide a comprehensive understanding of key issues in the world of communications. The courses are delivered in a modern, comfortable environment, thus creating an atmosphere conducive to concentrated professional development. The Interconnection and Wholesale class is the ideal training resource for professionals involved in or wishing to learn more about the interconnection of telecommunications networks particularly those working for operators, regulators and other telecommunications organizations.
The course provides an in-depth knowledge of the principles of interconnection before examining key areas such as interconnection services, reference interconnection offers, cost modeling and
local loop unbundling.
On completion of this course, the participants will be able to:
- Achieving and Maintaining Interconnection
- Interconnection Services
- Interconnection Agreements
- Local Loop Unbundling
- Reference Interconnection & Unbundling
- Offers (RIOs and RUOs)
- IP and Next Generation Networks
- Forecasting and Quality of Services
- The Carrier Services Department
- Costing Methodologies (FAC and LRIC)
- Models for Fixed and Mobile Networks
Duration and Training Format
5-day instructor-led training and exercises
This course gives a detail introduction to Interconnection and its multiple Services. At the same time it reflects how it has effect on the wholesale business nature.
Who Should Attend?
With the liberalization of telecommunications sectors around the world, the Interconnection courses are of
particular interest to a range of professionals working within communications companies or regulatory
- Senior staff with specific responsibility for the regulation of the communications sector
- Senior staff working within regulatory authorities or government departments with responsibility for
- Business or regulatory affairs managers within incumbent or new-entrant communications network
operators or service providers
Module 1: Introduction to Interconnection
This module provides an introduction to Interconnection and deals with the key issues:
- What is interconnection?
- Why is interconnection key to competition?
- The role of Regulation
- Duties of the regulators
- Establishing the regulatory regime
- Choices for the regulators the interconnection
- Interconnection strategies
Module 2: Achieving and Maintaining Interconnection
As interconnection links two networks, there are key technical matters to be reviewed including:
- Where should points of interconnection be?
- How is interconnection physically achieved?
- What is involved in technical interfaces?
- Interconnection testing overview
- Managing the relationships between operators
Module 3: Interconnection Services
Wholesale services are becoming characterised as Access, Interconnect, and Associated Services. In this module we will look at what needs to be presented within a RIO in these different categories:
- Interconnection links, leased lines, dark fibre, Unbundled local loops, bitstream
- Call termination and origination services, Value added services
- Buildings, ducts and masts, databases, OSS
Module 4: Reference Interconnection Offer (RIO) and Interconnection Agreement
The RIO is the document published by the SMP operators. It sets out the interconnection services to be offered and terms and conditions under which they will be offered:
- What is contained within the RIO?
- How is the document structured?
The Interconnection Agreement is the document used to manage the relationship between interconnected operators:
- What should an interconnection agreement
Module 5: The Carrier Services Department
The relationship with other interconnected operators must be managed correctly by an SMP operator. This would normally be done through a Carrier Services group. The wholesale services business Responsibilities of the Carrier Services group
- Why should it be separate from retailing
- What could its reporting structure be?
- What processes need to be put in place to
- Why is forecasting important and what is
Module 6: Setting Interconnection Charges
Setting the costs for interconnection services is a key
to developing a competitive environment in telecommunications
- What methodologies are appropriate to
interconnection services and how should each
be most appropriately used?
- What is accounting separation?
- Revenue Sharing
- Retail Minus
- FAC – historic and current
Module 7: Costing Methodologies
How is cost modelling carried out in fixed networks and how are cost models developed? This module will deal with how costs are allocated within a model:
- Access Network
- Core Network
- Routing tables
- Service costings
Module 8: Cost Modelling for Interconnection
This module looks at the principles behind modelling and how models are constructed including:
- Modelling principles
- Top Down model
- Bottom Up model
Module 9: IP and NGN
Network operators are introducing NGN, IP based
networks in place of the historic legacy networks that
current interconnection and regulation has been
- What doe these networks involve?
- What are the implications for interconnection
on the incumbent operators and OLOs?
- What regulatory issues do NGNs pose?
- What options are available to regulators?
- How are such technologies being regulated?
Module 10: Pricing and Costing in IP and NGNs
More services are now being delivered using packet
switches technologies. What approaches are suitable
for determining costs and charges for these services?
What methods can be used to set customer tariffs?
- Capacity based
- Event based
- Flat rate
- Content based
Module 11: Overview of Telecom Networks
This module gives an introduction to the technical elements of fixed and mobile networks and looks at the methods and hardware used to deploy network infrastructure and the technologies used to deliver customer services.
- Analogue and digital basic principles
- The emergence and development of mobile networks
- Network topologies – fixed and mobile
- Network construction – fixed and mobile
- Migration to NGN
Module 12: Interconnection Services in Mobile Networks
Regulators are now starting to declare mobile operators as having SMP for the first time.
- What are the implications for the operators of
- How can the principles developed for SMP
fixed line operators be applied in the mobile
- Is it appropriate to mandate MVNO?
- What are the issues from the Regulator and
operator perspective from implementing
National Roaming and MVNO arrangements
- Is it appropriate for a mobile operator to
publish a RIO and how would it differ form a
Module 13: Cost Modelling in Mobile Networks
Identifying the costs of mobile services, especially interconnection services, is now becoming important.
- Can the same principles used for fixed
networks be applied to mobile?
- How can accounting separation principles be
- How are coverage vs capacity issues dealt
Module 14: Group Exercise: Explore network interconnection issues
Small country with 1 fixed operator and 2 mobile operators, interconnection arrangements in place between them.
- To identify the key commercial and regulatory
issues for each organisations
- To propose methods by which the issues can
- To develop short, medium, and long term
strategies for their respective organisations
Module 15: Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) and the Reference Unbundling Offer (RUO)
Local Loop Unbundling is becoming a normal regulation in de-regulated markets as a way of encouraging further competition in the sector.
- What is LLU?
- Operational issues:
- Provision and Repair
- Interference and interaction
- Determining the costs for LLU services
- What is contained within RUO?
- How is the information presented?
Module 16: Quality of Service
QoS is an increasingly important issue for both Operators and Regulators. RIOs can normally be expected to contain undertakings with regard to QoS.
- What should be included?
- How should performance levels be set?
- How should wholesale and retail QoS measures be related?