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TAF Group’s achievements. Study period: 1997-2000. [email protected] Head, Financing Strategies Unit (Former TAF Group Chairman). TAF membership. 48 countries low teledensities large diversity of situations. Main goals. telephone services tariffs

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TAF Group’s achievements

Study period: 1997-2000

[email protected]

Head, Financing Strategies Unit

(Former TAF Group Chairman)

TAF membership

  • 48 countries

  • low teledensities

  • large diversity of situations

Main goals

  • telephone services tariffs

  • Build a common basis in order to help the international telephone network operators calculate/negotiate their settlement rates;

  • provide the telephone network operators with a computer tool in order to calculate the telephone services tariffs

D.600R main pillars

  • Take into consideration de differences within the Group;

  • practicability -> type of data needed for both cost and traffic information;

  • interdependence of services cost;

  • includes access costs;

  • no more ceiling;

  • default and reference values -> Client-Server

Extension of the principles

  • Satisfy the regulatory needs: USO policy setting;

  • tariff rebalancing

  • satisfy the needs expressed by regulators and operators as regards interconnection:

    • interconnection costing;

    • USO costs determination and reallocation;

    • USO policies simulation

BDT support

  • Practical cost, tariff and interconnection calculation workshops: The TAF model have been applied to more than 20 countries and has been declared mature before the BDT engage the final software development

  • individual support to operators and regulators (country case studies);

  • commercial version of the TAF software to be available early next year

The model acceptance depends on the availability of the mandatory data

Usefulness to NRA: provide means to avoid regulatory arbitrages

Usefulness to operators

Obtained upon usage of consistent data, the model based tariffs should guarantee reasonable profit to an operator;

field trials needed before final acceptance

Lessons learned on modelling costs

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