Competition Policy in the Digital Age

Competition Policy in the Digital Age

Overview

Competition in mobile telecommunications is multifaceted and dynamic. So regulatory professionals must be alert to rapid technological changes. Since these can impact infrastructure competition.

This four week course provides a foundation for understanding the rules of competition. As well as the regulatory powers that apply to the telecommunications sector. Moreover, taking into account the wider competitive landscape, which now includes Over-The-Top players.

Course objectives

  • Chiefly, to understand the application of competition law as it applies to the telecommunications industry. Especially abuse of dominance and merger control
  • Also, look at the interaction between competition law and regulation. Specifically, Significant Market Power/Dominant Carrier regulation
  • In addition, compare the treatment of the telecommunications sector in regulation and competition law, with the situation in the wider communications ecosystem

Price: £625 per person

20% discount available for GSMA Members when booking ten or more places on a course. We require a minimum of ten participants per company for this group course. Please contact our sales team for more information.

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Agenda
Session 1:

 Introduction to Competition Policy: the relationship with Economic Regulation  
  • Communications markets today
  • Why have a ‘Competition Policy’?
  • The economic rationale
  • Ex-ante and ex-post regulation
  • Competition policy within telecoms
Session 2:

 How Competition Policy Works Today: Key Trends
  • Lack of equivalent application
  • How OTTs are breaking down the integration between mobile networks and services
  • How infrastructures are converging
Session 3:

 Defining Markets
  • Product and geographic markets
  • Tools for market definition
  • Indirect constraints and multi-sided markets
  • Bundling in market definition
Session 4:

 Assessing Markets
  •  Measuring market power: market shares
  • Implications of the Digital Age on market shares
  • Abuses of market power
  • Leveraging market power

Session 5

 Efficiencies in Market Assessment
  • Embracing dynamic efficiencies
  • Types of efficiencies
  • Promoting market efficiency
  • Consideration of efficiencies in merger cases
Market Structures, Spectrum Assignment and Consolidation
  • Market Structures / Consolidation
  • Spectrum Assignment — auctions
  • Why spectrum assignment is not enough for vibrant competition
  • The relationship between mobile mergers and investment
 
Session 6

 New and Old Bottlenecks
  • What are bottleneck assets?
  • How are bottlenecks changing?
  • Why is the access network a bottleneck?
  • Why is spectrum a bottleneck?
  • How closed OTTs create a bottleneck within the digital ecosystem

Who should attend this course?

  • Firstly, regulatory professionals who want to understand the latest challenges shaping competition policy, in the digital age
  • Secondly, entry and mid-level managers who are new to the telecoms sector. Consequently, they want to quickly get up to speed on the key issues and trends in competition policy and digital markets
  • Finally, engineers moving into management roles who need to develop an understanding of competition policy, as it relates to the telecommunications sector

The benefits for you and your organisation

  • To begin with, understand the forces at play in the digital economy and how they relate to the telecoms sector
  • Also, gain detailed knowledge of market definition and market assessment. Specifically, in the context of telecommunications and digital markets
  • Furthermore, gain a solid understanding of current issues related to market structures, spectrum assignment and consolidation in the mobile sector

Course structure and study time?

In essence, the course consists of four sessions as outlined in the course agenda. So you can work at your own pace, you gain access to all of these sessions at the start of the course. Therefore, making it easy to fit your learning around work, family or personal commitments. While each session uses compelling visuals, clear audio commentary and lots of interactive elements to keep you engaged.

Retaining the knowledge

Also, you can revisit topics at any point to refresh your knowledge. In addition, there is a short, multiple choice quiz, after each session, to make sure you’ve retained the knowledge you learned. In order to move on to the next session, you need to pass this quiz.

Live video chats

During the course, there are four live video chat sessions with the course trainer. So you have the opportunity to ask questions about the content. Additionally, you can ask questions on the course forum. As well as using it to exchange knowledge with other students.

How much time you need

Firstly, to finish the course in four weeks, takes two to three hours of study time per week. Although, you have an additional three weeks to complete it. So the course is open to you for a total of seven weeks. However, if you decide to submit a final project, it is likely to take you four to six hours to put it together. Therefore, you can submit the final project at any point during the seven weeks.

Course completion certificate

To qualify for a course completion certificate, you must do the following. To begin with, view all the course sessions and correctly answer all the multiple choice quiz questions. Then, fill out the course survey to give us feedback on your experience.

The final project

So, you do not have to complete a final project to earn a course completion certificate. Although we strongly encourage you to create one. Since putting together a final project gives you an opportunity to reflect on the principles covered. While helping you discover how they could be applied to your own work. Not only that, but if you submit a final project, the course trainer provides you with valuable feedback. And, after all, this could help you in your day-to-day job.

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