July 9, 2013
Dr. Leonidas Kanellos, President of EETT and BEREC Chair, participated in the Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-13) of ITU (International Telecommunications Union), on 3-5 July 2013. The Symposium, held in Warsaw, was attended by more than 650 representatives from Regulatory Authorities or Ministries as well as representatives from private sector entities from 131 countries. Important issues concerning global regulatory policy were discussed, including the role of regulation in attracting investment, the funding of Universal Service, the use of "white zones" of the radio spectrum, the promotion of electronic transactions under secure and trustworthy conditions and the new business models for content delivery and service provision over broadband networks.
EETT President and BEREC Chair, Dr. L. Kanellos, moderated the discussion on the pricing of interconnection services in broadband networks during the transition to IP networks, focusing on issues of competition and new pricing models of interconnection services between providers. The day before the Symposium, the annual meeting between BEREC and the REGULATEL (the Latin-American Forum of Telecommunication Regulators) was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Leonidas Kanellos. The meeting was attended by 44 representatives from 23 Regulatory Authorities of Europe and South America, as well as from the European Commission. Issues of common interest were discussed and it was agreed that a Memorandum of Co-operation between the relevant Regulators will be prepared.
On the same day, Dr. Leonidas Kanellos, under the auspices of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), chaired a meeting of the Regulators' Associations. The meeting was attended by representatives of 18 regional Regulatory Associations from Europe, America, Asia and Africa and the discussion focused on broadband promotion policies, International Roaming and the funding of the Universal Service. Following a proposal by BEREC Chairman, the participants agreed to map the regulatory jurisdiction of each Regulatory Association. It was also decided to take initiatives so as to exchange know-how and develop cooperation for the effective regulation and supervision of electronic communications markets. At the closing ceremony of the Symposium, the President of EETT presented the results of the above mentioned meeting with the Deputy Secretary General of the ITU.