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Certificate in Telecommunications Policy, Regulation and Management (TPRM)

The LINK Centre's Certificate in Telecommunications Policy, Regulation and Management (TPRM) equips participants with the professional development necessary to engage with the full range of policy and regulation matters currently at play in African national and regional information and communications technology (ICT) sectors.

This course is designed to address the constantly-evolving issues and concerns inherent in ICT deployment on the African continent. Changes are driven by rapidly-growing demand for Internet-based content, and therefore for broadband access, in the economy, in schools and universities, in urban and rural areas, and at household level. A paradigm shift in policy and regulation is therefore needed to promote e-development in 21st century African economies. Changes are occurring in the broadband ecosystem and in electronic communications markets, including in the undersea cable market and markets for spectrum. Globalisation of knowledge and convergence in markets have intensified the need to remain informed of current developments, trends, and practices in policy and regulation.

Who should attend?
Decision-makers, professionals and researchers in the electronic communications and ICT sector should attend this course in order to enhance their understanding of emerging trends in the ICT sector, and their understanding of the effects of ICT sector development on other economic and social sectors. Potential participants include individuals working in government policy departments, national and regional regulatory authorities, regulatory departments of ICT sector operators, lawyers, consultants, journalists, union officials, and NGOs involved in the sector.

Objectives
By the end of the course, the successful participant will be able to:

  • understand the essential drivers of sector reform locally and internationally, including the impacts of globalisation and convergence;
  • describe the structure and process of policy formulation, regulatory practice, and licensing procedures in various African countries;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theory that applies to the policy and regulatory environment for the electronic communications and ICT sector, including the broadcasting and digital media sector;
  • demonstrate an understanding of ICT innovation and the implications for policy and regulation that arise from such innovation; and
  • critically analyse the electronic communications and ICT environment in any chosen African country with reference to theories, international models and best practice approaches.

Content
A Certificate in Telecommunications Policy, Regulation and Management, aligned to NQF Level 6, is awarded to candidates who attend a total of three modules and who successfully complete the required individual and group assignments.

Note re: course NQF level: The NQF level cited above is from the South African National Qualifications Framework. According to the requirements of the South African Council on Higher Education (CHE), short courses are not accredited at NQF levels. However, the LINK Centre aligns each of its courses to a particular NQF level -- as a means to guide the course's level of difficulty and level of assessment.

Module 1: Digital technologies and the evolution of African markets for digital infrastructure and services

  • Evolution of basic electronic communications technologies: the PSTN and its underlying technologies, digitisation, transmission, switching, next-generation networks;
  • Wireless communications: fixed and mobile wireless, WLL, GSM, 3G, CDMA, satellite, WiFi, WiMax, Bluetooth, mobile broadband;
  • Numbering and numbering plans, number portability, carrier pre-select, eNum;
  • Spectrum planning and management, and the assignment of frequency;
  • Signal distribution, digital and analogue broadcasting technologies;
  • Internet, VoIP, VANS and the NGN;
  • Electronic communications markets in Africa: status, performance and trends;
  • Broadcasting market trends, drivers and the migration to digital broadcasting;
  • Internet and broadband market trends, developments and drivers;
  • Convergence, multimedia, the NGN and the future of communications.

Module 2: Global trends in ICT governance for African cyberspace

  • Globalisation, the knowledge economy and e-development;
  • Global trends in regulatory reform: liberalisation, privatisation, regulation in a converging environment;
  • Global e-governance structures, institutions and obligations: ITU, WTO, WIPO, GATS, ICANN;
  • Regional regulation of electronic communications: SATCC, CRASA, ATU, NEPAD;
  • ICT and development, digital divide, labour issues, gender issues and other ICT4D concerns;
  • ICT and development initiatives and institutions (GK, dotForce, UN ICT TT, WSIS, Measuring the Information Society);
  • Universal access and universal service.

Module 3: Policy, law and regulation for the electronic communications and digital services ecosystem

  • Overview of ICT sector reform
  • Electronic communications sector policy and regulation: rationales, principles and approaches;
  • Relevance of constitutional and administrative law;
  • Competition law for the electronic communications and broadcasting sectors;
  • Legislative, regulatory and licensing frameworks for electronic communications and broadcasting: review of selected legislation for African countries;
  • Licensing: the objectives, typology, procedures, content and monitoring of licences;
  • Pricing and tariff regulation;
  • Interconnection and facilities sharing: principles, law and regulation;
  • Quality of service and consumer protection.

2021 course delivery dates
To be announced.

2021 course delivery modes
To be announced.

2021 course fees
Full course (all three modules): To be announced.
Single module: To be announced

A small fee discount is available for bulk enrolments (i.e., please enquire for enrolments of three persons or more per organisation).

Course Administrator
Nokhanyo Yolwa, Certificate Programmes Coordinator, LINK Centre, nokhanyo.yolwa@gmail.comnokhanyo.yolwa@wits.ac.za, tel: +27-71-939-8867

Course Convenor
Thabiso Thukani, thabiso.thukani@gmail.com, cc: nokhanyo.yolwa@gmail.comnokhanyo.yolwa@wits.ac.za

Registration
To apply for registration in the 2021 offering, please complete this online form.

 

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