TRAI to host APAC regulators' meet in Delhi

NEW DELHI: Delegates from more than 23 countries will be participating in the Asia-Pacific Regulators’ Roundtable followed by the International Training Programme being organized next week by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

About 60 delegates from different countries have registered for the “ITU-TRAI Asia-Pacific Regulators’ Roundtable” and the “ITU- TRAI International Training Program (ITP) 2017” during 21-22 August 2017 and 23-25 August 2017 respectively.

The Regulators’ Roundtable is the 7th edition of the Asia-Pacific Region initiative to organize an annual Roundtable to provide telecommunication/ICT regulators in the region to mutually learn from the experiences of each other.

In a release, TRAI said: “Regulators around the globe have been dealing with the regulatory challenges created by the digital advancements. Digitization has created rapid technological progress and growth, which has generated tremendous benefits for all economies around the world. New opportunities for growth and innovation are emerging, and it is crucial that the new regulatory requirements and challenges are anticipated and addressed at both National and International level, in a coordinated way. Growing innovation and rapid deployment of digital technologies necessitates a proactive regulatory framework”.

The main regulatory challenges include promoting growth in digital ecosystem, maximizing consumers’ interest, ensuring level playing field for all players on new and cross-sectoral markets, promoting competition, among others.

The Regulators' Roundtable fosters dynamic and strategic discussions, facilitates sharing of information, relevant experiences and practices as well as conclusively debate on possible solutions and opportunities for potential collaboration to address emerging regulatory issues and challenges in Digital Societies, TRAI Secretary Sunil Gupta.

The ITU-TRAI International Training Programme 2017 will build skills to address the policy and regulatory issues in the era beyond convergence of telecommunications and information technology. In particular, the event will focus on the implications of Collaborative Regulations for Digital Societies, he added.

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