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 Senior officials representing telecommunication regulatory bodies of eight South Asian countries and Iran, met in Colombo on 15th and 16th July, 2010 to map out a strategy related to strengthening Network and Services in the region. These officials belong to the ‘Working Group (WG) on Network and Services’, which was established pursuant.....

Senior officials representing telecommunication regulatory bodies of eight South Asian countries and Iran, met in Colombo on 15th and 16th July, 2010 to map out a strategy related to strengthening Network and Services in the region.

These officials belong to the ‘Working Group (WG) on Network and Services’, which was established pursuant to a decision taken at the 11th meeting of South Asian Telecom Regulators’ Council (SATRC) held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 24 – 26 November 2009. This endeavour represents the implementation of phase-3 of the Action Plan for the duration of 2010-2011. These WG meetings are chaired by a Senior Official representing the Telecommunications Regulatory Communication (TRCSL) of Sri Lanka.

This WG is required to study and submit its Recommendations/Reports/Guidelines on the following subjects:

  • Ensuring quality mobile handsets to South Asian Consumers
  • Evolution of NGN and NGA : Interconnection Tariffs in SATRC countries
  • Retail Tariffs: QOS sensitive pricing for IP based services
  • Roaming and International Tariffs

for purpose of discussion/ adoption at the next SATRC meeting.

The primary purpose of the meeting held on July 15 and 16th at the premises of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, was to develop and establish Terms of Reference (TOR) for the work program of the Working Group.  The officials from Nepal, India, Bhutan and Sri Lanka made presentations covering the aforesaid topics.

List of Participants

1.  Mr. Daud Shah Qalandari

Afghanistan Telecommunication  Regulatory Authority

2.  Mr. Ashrar Ahmed Khan Choudhury

Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission

3. Mr.M.D Asaduzzaman

Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission

4.  Mr. Tenzin Dorji

Bhutan Information, Communication and Media Authority

5.  Mr. Vineet Kumar Agarwal

Deputy Adviser - Telecommunication  Regulatory Authority of India

6.  Mr. Masoud Ahmadpour

Iran Communication Regulatory Authority

7. Mr.Ali Reza Asqharian

Iran Communication Regulatory Authority

8.  Mr. Mohamed Siraj

Communication Authority of Maldives

9.  Mr. Kabindra Shrestha

Assistant Director – Nepal Telecommunication Authority

10.  Mr. Kumar Prasad Sharma

Director - Nepal Telecommunication Authority

11 Mr. WaqasAhmed

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

12. Mr.Rajendra Prasad Agrawal

Consultant - APT

13. Mr Forhadul Parvez

Coordinating Secretary - APT

14. Mr. Indrajith Handapangoda

Acting Deputy Director (Competition) – Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (Chaired the meeting)

15.  Mr. Nishantha Palihawadana

Assistant Director (Tariff) - Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka