International Regulators' Forum 2016
10-11 October 2016
Hosted by The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand
The NBTC put on a marvellous show of hospitality, hosting over 25 regulatory organisations, at the most senior level. We overcame the vagaries of Bangkok traffic for an excellent two days of discussion.
The role of the regulator: balancing efficiency, efficacy and creativity...
Focussing on the pressures that convergence brings, the need for collaboration between regulatory agencies was emphasised while the expression ‘the level playing field’ was challenged. But the appropriateness of traffic management, and the tensions created by OTTs in the erstwhile ‘traditional’ content market, were also raised by speakers and delegates.
There were some very clear calls for a re affirmation of the role of regulator as an organisation which must work ‘effectively, efficiently’ but also ‘creatively’ in the service of the public interest and the people who work within it as public servants.
Coverage, quality of service and diversity…
Day two kicked off with a grand tour of what 5G will mean from a regulatory perspective – and how current spectrum policies are already shaping the environment. Key issues will be coverage – as people become more reliant on mobiles for services such as banking; capacity – as quality of service will also be critical; and diversity – a wide range of apps and services will need access to networks. Delegates heard the latest on strategies such as sharing, incentives, re-farming and more.
Local and global…
The other key session could be summed up as ‘local and global’ – there’s a polarisation in that regulators not only have to act on national issues such as connectivity that are deeply rooted in their geography, but also at a global scale in areas such as internet services, and some connectivity issues too, such as 5G standards and the internet of things. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ for many national connectivity issues – and at global level it is the international services that are increasingly ruling the roost. Discussion on how regulators can develop national strategies while collaborating with these global forces that run over the networks rounded off day two.
It wasn’t all work…
The IIC President, Chris Chapman, had delegates move furniture and, in response to the question ‘what keeps you awake at night?’, one regulator swiftly replied ‘jet lag’.
The evening rounded off with a marvellous dinner, hosted by the NBTC, which saw the President attempt a Thai dance amid much laughter.
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venue, networking and other events
The IIC’s 47th Annual Conference took place on 12-13 October at the Eastin Grand Sathorn Hotel in Bangkok.
CRTC WORKSHOP: COLLABORATING TO ELIMINATE SPAM AND NUISANCE COMMUNICATIONS
11 OCTOBER 2016
The issue of spam and nuisance communications (nuisance calls, malware, botnets) is a priority for many governments, and one where international collaboration is needed in areas of policy, regulation, and enforcement.
This workshop, organized by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), presented case studies that demonstrated challenges and successes in moving the spam and nuisance communications agenda forward. Through information sharing and the exchange of views, this workshop identified actionable items for cross collaboration between jurisdictions to advance policy and enforcement activities in this rapidly changing environment.
WORKSHOP: A DIALOGUE ON BUILDING A RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE ADVERTISING POLICY FRAMEWORK
13 OCTOBER 2016
(BY INVITATION ONLY)
On the morning of October 13th, the IIC organised a workshop to look at the key issues raised in creating a responsible and sustainable advertising policy framework for the region. Considering the APEC Action Agenda on Advertising Standards and Practice Development, topics discussed looked at the progress made since the Agenda was published (in 2014) and considered regulatory practice in other jurisdictions.