Course Information

18-858R: 18-858 Special Topics in Communication: Telecommunications Policy in Developing Countries




This course will provide students with tools to analyze telecommunications
policy and regulations and their impacts on the telecommunication markets. We first review telecommunications industry/organizational structure and concepts

of telecommunication technologies. We then discuss key elements of information and communication (ICT) policy and discuss ICT policies and national broadband plans from selected countries. Finally we discuss impact of policy on current and emerging topics such as broadband and VoIP. The course will be composed of class lectures, invited presentation and discussions topics. The course has an emphasis on policies in developing countries and emerging markets. It combines other multidisciplinary aspects related to technology, economics and law. Topics include: - Competitive telecommunication markets - Elements of ICT policy, broadband and broadband policy - Interconnection, rate regulation, universal access & service - Radio-frequency spectrum (technical & regulatory issues), numbering and addressing - Network neutrality, regulatory issues related to the Internet (VoIP, TVIP).

Prerequisites: None

Last Modified: 2016-06-21 11:16AM

Semesters offered:

  • Spring 2017