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Symposium on International Mobile Roaming
Organized by the delegation of Australia

The Australian Mission hosted a Symposium on International Mobile Roaming on 22 March to provide Members with more ample information on industry trends and regulatory solutions currently being sought to address high mobile roaming charges. Telecommunications companies, user groups and national regulators as well as international organizations made presentations on the activities and initiatives they have undertaken on roaming. Over the past year, the Council for Trade in Services has begun to discuss the possible relevance of GATS commitments and disciplines to international mobile roaming charges. The Symposium was aimed and providing a backdrop to these talks.

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Roaming charges, both wholesale and retail, have for some time remained at what are often considered to be exceedingly high levels. A variety of national and regional studies and regulatory solutions were described at the Symposium. An international users group highlighted the problems that high costs can pose for business users and how it can affect international trade.  A mix of large and small telecom companies operating around the world offered their perspectives on current market trends, and how they, in some cases, are trying to meet demand for lower roaming rates. The ITU and OECD reported on formal recommendations their members have negotiated to encourage governments to address the issue with a mix of regulatory and market incentives.

For each session, the programme of speakers, their presentations, and background papers can be found below.


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Thursday, 22 March 2012


Welcome and Introduction — Ambassador Tim Yeend

Chair — George Mina, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia


09h15    Stakeholder  Perspectives — Industry & Consumers:

—   Global Overviews      

Moderator, Mr. Vincent Affleck, Office of Communications (OFCOM), UK and Chair, Communications and Infrastructure Services Policy Committee, OECD

GSM Association
Mr. Antony Srzich, Regulatory Director, International Roaming
Presentation    > Biography    > Background document

International Telecommunications Users Group (INTUG)
Mr. Nick White, Executive Vice President
Presentation    > Biography    > Background document

—   Industry Players

Moderator, Mr. Tony Shortall, Director, TELAGE, Brussels

Vodafone Group
Mr. Richard Feasey, Public Policy Director
Biography    > Background document

Austria Telekom
Dr. Oliver Kaliski, Senior Analyst, Telekom Austria Group
Presentation    > Biography
Dr. Tayfun Çataltepe, Vice President, Regulation & Wholesale & Roaming
Presentation    > Biography

Mr. Donald Connor, Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Presentation    > Biography

Mr. Jean-Jacques Sahel, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs Europe, Middle-East and Africa
Presentation    > Biography

Mr. Hugh Davies, Director, Corporate Affairs
Presentation    > Biography


12 h 25

International Organizations — Activities and Perspectives


Mr. Vincent Affleck, Office of Communications (OFCOM), UK and Chair, Communications and Infrastructure Services Policy Committee, OECD

Ms. Xiaoya Yang, Head, WTSA Programmes Division, Standards Bureau
Remarks    > Biography    > Background document

Mr. Agustin Diaz-Pines, Communications and Infrastructure Policy Division, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry
Presentation    > Biography   Background document: EN  FR

Ms. Lee Tuthill, Counsellor, Trade in Services Division
Remarks    > Biography   Background document: EN  FR  SP


14 h 30 Regional Initiatives and National Experiences

Ms. Randi Hovde, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications

EU Roaming Regulation — towards structural solutions
Mr. Peter Stuckmann, Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General Information Society and Media
Presentation    > Biography

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative
Ms. Maitha Ali Jaffar, Senior Economist, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Sultanate of Oman
Presentation    > Biography

SADC/CRASA Home and Away Roaming Project
Mr. Christian Mhlanga, Senior Manager, Markets and Competition, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
Presentation    > Biography    > Background document

Australia-New Zealand Initiative
 Mr. Richard Windeyer, First Assistant Secretary, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy,  Australia
Initiatives in Brazil and South America
Diogo Barcellos Ferreira, Public Policy and Management Advisor, Telecommunications Services and Universalization Department, Ministry of Communications
Presentation    > Biography    > Background document

National Experience
 Mr. CAI Xiongshan, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China

Swiss Perspective
Mr. René Dönni Kuoni, Deputy Head of Telecoms Division, OFCOM and
Ms. Olga Voiteshenko, Expert on International Roaming, OFCOM
Biography, Mr. René Dönni Kuoni
Biography, Ms. Olga Voiteshenko
Background documents:
International Roaming BEREC Benchmark Data Report
International Roaming National and international Comparisons


17 h 40

Wrap Up – Australia


Other background documents

Estudio sobre el estímulo de la armonización de servicios de roaming en telefonía móvil para Centro América (Resumen preparado por la BDT como contribución a los trabajos del Grupo LAC de la Comisión de Estudio 3 de la TSB Buenos Aires)

International Mobile Roaming: Competition, Economics and Regulation

A Review of International Mobile Roaming to December 2011


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