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  • Objectives
    Throughout the world the World Trade Organisation has required member states and those anticipating membership to restructure their telecoms markets and provide a regulatory authority that is separate from the network operator. This course is specifically designed for personnel in developing and transitional economies where such restructuring has been undertaken. It sets the processes of liberalisation and privatisation into an international context, and provides an introduction to the practical mechanisms of structuring and regulating telecoms markets. In particular students will be expected to produce and discuss regulatory case studies from their own country. If you deal with telecoms regulation : · in a Ministry of Communications · in a Regulatory Agency · in a Network Operator and need to know what to do before you have to do it, if you wonder how to tackle regulatory problems in a more coordinated way, then this course is for you. The Certificate course has been running since 1995 and has been successfully completed by participants from more than 30 countries, including many fromAfrica. The Certificate course takes place in the Harrow Campus of Westminster University and gives participants the chance to benefit from the wider strengths of the University of Westminster's School of Media, Arts & Design. This includes the Communication and Media Research Institute, which has three times received the top 5 rating in the Government's successive research assessment exercises (latest being December 2001) and the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, which received a teaching quality assessment rating of 23 out of a possible 24 in 1998.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Certificate: Regulation of Telecommunications
  • Course description
      Postgraduate Certificate: Regulation of Telecommunications    

    Course Structure

    Regulation of Telecommunications

    The course is taught once each year - from February. The Certificate counts for 60 credits towards the MA in Communications Policy. It can be taken independently of the MA or as part of the full MA course. The Certificate is divided into three parts of three weeks each which can be taken separately, but Part I must be taken prior to Part II or Part III

    -         Part I: Post WTO Communications Markets and National Regulation (Delivered intensively)

    The module studies the international liberalisation of communications and the role of the international financial institutions in that process. The focus is on the relationship between international and national regulation. The purpose of the module is to set the processes of liberalisation, privatisation and regulation of communications into an international context and to compare the development of  US, EU and UK regulation of communications (Taught intensively: pre-requisite for Part II and Part III) .

    -         Part II: Telecommunications and Structural Regulation (Delivered intensively. Pre-requisite Part 1)

    The purpose of this module is to provide the necessary background and detailed analysis of structural regulation and competition used by national regulatory agencies for those wishing to undertake a career in regulatory policy of telecommunications. Students will be expected to apply regulatory concepts to their own country's circumstances (Delivered intensively).

    -         Part III: Telecommunications and Behavioural Regulation (Delivered intensively. Pre-requisite Part 1)

    This module introduces students to the concepts and mechanisms of behavioural regulation, particularly in relation to dominant operators, price controls and costing, interconnection, universal service. Students will also be expected to apply regulatory to their own country's circumstances. (Delivered intensively).

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