Policy and Regulatory Framework for Next Generation Network
TRCSL intends to engage a consulting firm to assist it in the establishment of a policy and regulatory framework for Next Generation Networks.
The overall objective of the consultancy is to establish a Policy and Regulatory framework with the view to facilitate efficient investments in NGN & other new comparable technologies and maintain effective competition among the infrastructure & service providers while safeguarding consumers interest.
The consultancy will also consider the issues relating to both the Internet Protocol (IP) based core networks and their interconnection with NGNs and the issues relating to the IP based Next Generation Access Networks (NGANs) connecting end users to the NGNs.
This assignment will require a detailed consultation process, with the views and comments expressed by stake holders during the consultation phase to be taken into account when formulating the Policy and Regulatory framework on NGN.
Specially, the consultant will have to:
(1) Develop a NGN Policy and Regulatory Framework for Sri Lanka, based on international best practices and experiences, but within the context of Sri Lanka; (2) Prepare documents, including a consultation paper, draft and final recommendations, and final report; (3) Utilize an extensive consultation process with all stakeholders to inform the development of these documents; (4) make presentations and other related supporting documentation to assist the TRCSL towards the goal of designing the NGN policy and regulatory framework.
Qualifications of Consultant: The services of a consulting firm are required for this assignment. The consultant will be selected based on their experience and capacity in carrying out this type of work. The consultant is expected to be knowledgeable in the issues related to licensing in the telecommunications sector and have experience and knowledge in the telecommunications sector in developing countries and preferably in the region. The consultant should also be familiar with international best practice in NGN policy and regulatory framework relevant to the situation in Sri Lanka and familiar with Sri Lanka’s regulatory environment. The consultant should have the following key staff in the following areas:
1. The team leader of the consulting firm should possess an engineering degree in electronics and/or telecommunications degree from an internationally recognized university and Masters Degree in the relevant field with more than 10 years (post-qualifying) of working experience in the telecommunication industry preferably in IP & NGN environment. Out of the 10 years experience, 05 years should be at senior management level. Preference will be given to those who have experiences in IP based Network Architectures design and management.
2. The team should also comprise a telecommunication economist, lawyer and business management professional and a local telecommunications sector expert. Each individual team member of the firm should have at least 7 years of demonstrated experience in the area of expertise. The local telecommunications expert should have demonstrated experience of working in the Sri Lankan telecommunications sector and should also have knowledge of the regulatory environment in Sri Lanka.
3. The Consultant must clearly indicate its expertise in diverse areas of IP & NGN and also be familiar with the international best practice related to IP & NGN issues.
4. The Consultant should be actively engaged in the activities of the telecommunications standardization bodies such as ITU-T, IETF, IEEE specifically in the areas related to IP & NGN standardization & regulatory developments.
5. The Consultant should possess some knowledge of the telecommunications market developments taking place in Sri Lanka.
6. All members of the Consultant’s team should be fluent in English.
7. In the event that the consultants want to replace experts for the assignment, they can do so, only with prior approval of TRCSL.
Timing: The entire assignment is estimated to be completed within 5 months from the date of signing the agreement between the TRCSL and the Consultant.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka now invites eligible consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications.
A consultant will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants by World Bank Borrowers, January 1997 (revised September 1997, January 1999, and May 2002).
The TOR for the consultant is available in TRCSL website: http://www.trc.gov.lk
Interested consultants may obtain further information at the address below from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm local time on working days (Monday to Friday)
Expressions of Interest must be delivered to the address below on or before 5PM (SLT), 15th January 2010. (TOR NGN)
Director General of Telecommunications
Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka
276 Elvitigala Mawatha, Colombo 8,
Tel. No: +94-11-2689345