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International Regulators Forum 2018

International Regulators Forum 2018
8-9 October 2018

Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT)
Insurgentes Sur 1143 C.P.
Mexico City, C.P. 03720



Every year, statutory national regulators gather for the International Regulators’ Forum (IRF), where policy issues are debated in a collegiate, neutral environment. A number of key themes are covered during the two-day event, bringing together regulators from around the globe. Registration is now open for the IRF, and themes for this year’s meeting can be found below.

In addition to the discussions during the day, regulators have the chance to meet with their peers during scheduled networking events, which include a drinks reception and dinner, ahead of the Annual Conference, which takes place on 10-11 October. Together, the IRF and Annual Conference comprise Communications Policy & Regulation Week.

All sessions will have Spanish/English simultaneous translation to ensure maximum participation from all.
Para garantizar la activa participación de todos, todas las sesiones contarán con interpretación simultánea español/inglés.

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The International Regulators’ Forum is a closed meeting, carried out under the Chatham House Rule. 




Digital ecosystem

In the digital ecosystem, what market is the Communications Regulator regulating?

  • What is the purpose of national regulation in a borderless digital ecosystem?
  • What’s in the regulatory sandbox?
  • Horizontal regulation and cooperation – the only paradigm left?

Connectivity and sustainability

Connectivity and sustainability: closing the digital exclusion gap

  • The role of 5G
  • Building infrastructure in a time of economic austerity
  • The reality of ubiquitous coverage
  • Financial incentives
  • Empowering disadvantaged groups

Ownership and exchange of information

Ownership and exchange of information: competition policy for a new era

  • Do the tenets of competition policy still hold?
  • Is the digital ecosystem creating new monopolies?
  • Does metadata processing offer a competitive advantage?
  • Whither antitrust policy-making?

Regulation of OTT and apps

Regulation of OTT and apps: the need for a global solution?

  • Content regulation: what mechanisms are available to the regulator?
  • Commoditising the value chain: who benefits and who loses out?
  • Does public service broadcasting still have a role? Who should fund it?

Consumer protection

consumer protection

  • Pricing
  • Content and information
  • Importance of transparency
  • Privacy and security

Net neutrality

Net neutrality, zero rating: a more level playing field?

  • Net neutrality: for or against competition?
  • ISPs vs devices – the same or different?
  • Benefits to content producers?

Main events for CPR Week

IRF 2018 Teaser

International Regulators' Forum

This year we will be hosted by IFT, the Mexican Regulator.

The 49th Annual Conference

The 49th Annual Conference

Over 250 participants expected from around the world.

Workshops 2018 Teaser

Round tables and discussion workshops

The week typically allows for several events where topics can be explored in depth.



Regulators' Dinner

Regulators' Dinner

Top teams from regulators from across the globe enjoy dinner together.

Drinks Reception

Drinks Reception

Delegates and speakers have the opportunity to meet informally at the close of the IRF programme ahead of the two-day Conference.


Conference Gala Dinner

Conference Gala Dinner

There will be good food and a chance to discuss the day's proceedings.

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