Telecommunication Economy and Regulation

Program Presentation

Given the change in scenario in the overall markets, especially in the telecommunication industry, exceptional opportunities for better management on Telecommunications are generated.

To face these new challenges, the Program in Telecommunication Economy and Regulation, trains Engineers, Business Managers, Telecommunication Companies, and Professionals from Regulatory Entities wishing to expand their knowledge on new trends and opportunities, and focuses on the improvements of best practices on Technology, Business Models, Budgeting, Economic Affairs and the general aspects necessary for better management.

The Telecommunication Economy and Regulation Program focuses on developing the basics of Telecommunication Economics regarding costs and prices, as well as regulatory concepts discussed in the context of ongoing changes in business models, such as convergence derivatives. These concepts are essential for professionals who are facing industry changes and amendments to the ground rules.

The program will provide all the necessary tools for a deep insight of the industry and analyze new market opportunities, changes due to convergence and the best practices on costs and pricing.

IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING IN ECONOMICS AND REGULATION OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

It is essential, since in the present context it is important that the "decision-making" of organizations and regulatory agencies understand and deepen the basic aspects of the telecommunication industry; uniting the concepts of competition and regulation in the world, contrasting the different experiences for a comprehensive and strategic vision of the subject. However, in this context, the basics of economics applied to the sector, in terms of costs and prices and their impact on strategic decisions of organizations, is also addressed.

It seeks to develop a more critical aspect of the industry, based on knowledge, to anticipate industry developments and be prepared within organizations to get the best benefits, and within regulatory agencies to absorb new business models within its scope.

CENTRAL CONCEPTS: ECONOMICS AND REGULATION TELECOMMUNICATION

Understanding and learning have proven to be the basic skills for leaders in the current context of business management. This, coupled with deep technological and market changes, makes the strategic and operational objectives go hand in hand with a greater understanding of economic concepts, of the trends and competition in the particulars of telecommunications.

At the present time in which permanent changes occur in both technological support and business models, which in turn shows that regulatory changes can strongly affect the number of business operators, or industry results to the national level, it is essential to have a clear understanding of all these aspects. Only in this way, can those responsible for making decisions in these fields have all the tools for precise and proportionate intervention when required to comply with the targets set by companies or regulatory authorities.

The program seeks to meet those needs through Subjects aimed at providing the basic and practical knowledge needed to address the major challenges of the telecommunication industry. It is aimed at technical and senior staff operators, regulating authorities, and businesses in general directly tied to said industry.

The contents include the basics in telecommunications and corporate management, to advanced topics in economics and the regulation of telecommunications. Besides the content description of each Course, these allow you to:

  1. Understand the essential concepts of communications, business management and team work.
  2. Examine economic aspects which are the basis for understanding the behavior of markets, to review the pricing policy of operators, economic regulation exerted by regulatory authorities, and the basics of regulation in general, with special emphasis on a crucial issue of the specifics and regulations of telecommunications, as is the current and future interconnection.
  3. Focus on more specific issues about the regulation of competition in telecommunications, reviewing the peculiarities of this industry and the consistent regulations with horizontal competition.

Focus the work on the concepts of convergence, giving the basics of technology at an accessible and necessary level for understanding the behavior of markets, business models and regulation.

Who is the programme for?

Training methodology proposed coupled with the clarity, scope and the teachings of content design, enables to direct Telecommunications Economy and Regulation program to all those people who wish to deepen and acquire knowledge of economic efficiency and regulatory practices within a competitive framework with deep and dynamic changes in the Telecommunications industry.

Diploma

By approving all of the subjects and meeting all the academic, administrative and economic demands contemplated and required by the Ibero-American University Foundation, the university or entity that regulates the program, shall issue the respective degree or title. The name of the degree or title to obtain may vary depending on the laws of each country and the regulations of each university or institution that emits them.

Program Structure

Regarding study time allocations, it is established that:

  • Being an Online Program and not being subjected to traditional class attendance, there is no established initial date so that the student can enroll at any time subject to available spaces.
  • For academic and educational reasons it is required a minimum Program attendance of at least 9 months counting from the date of delivery of the first volume until the date of receipt of the last evaluation exercise.
  • Maximum time limit to complete the subject is 12 months. During this period of time, the student must have participated successfully in all corresponding course evaluating activities.

In the case of people with no previous degree or title, the credit structure for the Program is contained in the following table:

  CREDITS1 LENGTH2 HOURS
1st Part: Subjects 30 9 300

1. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university that grants the degree.
2. Length in months.

In the case of persons with a previous degree or title having completed a Program that required a Final Project, the credit structure for the Program is contained in the following table:

  CREDITS1 LENGTH2 HOURS
1st Part: Subjects 30 9 300
2nd Part: Final Project 10 3 100
TOTAL 40 12 400

3. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university that grants the degree.
4. Length in months.

Objectives

General Objective:

  • Understand and master the basic concepts relating to costs and prices and regulation of telecommunications, as well as the state of competition and monopolies as part of the strategy of business development.

Specific Objectives:

  • Understand the foundation of new business strategies, based on the economy of Telecommunications.
  • Know better the particularities in terms of regulation in different countries in comparison with the more advanced countries in the matter.
  • Know and master the methodologies for calculating costs and prices, so as to advice countries in Information and Communications Technologies. (ICTs).
  • Know and master the main issues that guide the new regulatory frameworks due to changing models of business arising from the convergence.of ICTs.
  • To produce a critical analysis of the studied trends, and adapt it to the reality of each country.

Career Opportunities

The prospects that participants acquire is broad and extensive. Some of the Career Opportunities are as follows:

  • Corporate and Government Consulting and Advisory.
  • Telecommunications Direction or Management.
  • Project Planner and Evaluator.

Study Plan

Telecommunications Economy and Regulation program consists of:

  • PART 1: COURSES (30 CREDITS)

The first part provides the foundations and essential program knowledge.

The courses and corresponding credit-hours that make up this part are shown in the following table:

  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Telecomunicactons Services 40
2 Strategic Management and Planning 40
3 Management techniques for work teams 30
4 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Techniques 30
5 Telecommunications Economy and Regulations Fundamentals 30
6 Regulation and Interconnectivity 30
7 Regulation - Promotion and Defense of the Competition 30
8 Convergence in Markets and Regulation 30
9 Fundamentals and best practices in Spectrum Management 40
  TOTAL 300

These subjects, despite being independent, are self-contained and are structured according to a coherent pedagogical order. Each is divided into basic thematic units or chapter, whose content includes printed material that should be considered to successfully answer the various evaluation activities.

  • PART 2: FINAL PROJECT (10 CREDITS)

The goal is to produce a Final Project intended so as to put into practice the knowledge acquired in the Program. The Final Project must be done when the guidelines governing the program call for it according to each university or organization that emits the degree or title.

SUBJECTS HOURS
Final Project 100

Management

  • Dr. Arturo Ortega-Mansilla. Doctor of Electrical Engineering, by the University of Barcelona. Telecommunications Engineer by the Ramon Llull University, Spain. Coordinator of the IDi Area - Area Projects, FUNIBER.
  • Dr. Jon Arambarri Basáñez. Doctorate in Project Engineering from the Catalonia Polytechnic University and the Cordoba University. MBA Executive, Institute of Applied Business Economics, Basque Country University. Masters in Telecommunication Engineering, Bilbao School of Engineering. Director of IDi in www.virtualware.es; Multimedia, 3D Animation & Interactive Virtual Environments. Academic Coordinator of the Master Program in Strategic Management in Telecommunications and its Specializations.
  • Ing. Omar de León. Telecommunications Engineer from the University of the Republic of Uruguay. Graduate studies and research in telecommunications in the IIP, the Netherlands. University Professor between 1964 and 1994. Director and principal consultant for Teleconsult. Adviser for telecom operators and governments in more than 30 countries.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Miguel López Coronado. Doctorate in Telecommunication from the Madrid Polytechnic University. Professor in the Department of Signal and Communications Theory and Telematics Engineering, Valladolid University.
  • Dr. Juan Antonio Romo Argota. Doctorate in Telecommunication from the Basque State University. Professor in the Bilbao School of Engineering, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Basque State University.
  • Dr. Isabel De La Torre Díez. Doctorate in Telecommunication from the Valladolid University. Professor in the Valladolid University on topics linked to telematics services, databases and business intelligence. Postdoctoral Research in Biomedical Informatics.
  • Dr. Begoña Blanco Jáuregui. Doctorate in Communication, Electronics and Control, Bilbao School of Engineering. Basque State University. Researcher in the Networking, Quality and Security (NQAS) Group in the Bilbao School of Engineering.
  • Dr. Fernando Izquierdo Álvarez. Masters in Telecommunication Engineering and HR and Business Management - MBA IESE. Master in Advanced Networking and Internet Services from the Madrid Polytechnic University. Vast experience in new ICT technologies companies. International consultant.
  • Dr. Marina Aguado. Doctorate in Telecommunication from the Basque State University. MSc. in Management of Manufacturing Systems from the Cranfield University, England. Experience in I D i Projects. Professor in the Basque State University.
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctorate in Engineering from the Catalonia Polytechnic University and an MBA from the Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering, UPC. Business, technology and business solutions consultant. Professor in the Iberoamerican International University.
  • Dr. Izel Marez. Doctorate in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communication from the Catalonia Polytechnic University. Professor in the Iberoamerican International Universidad.
  • Dr. Santos Gracia Villar. Doctorate in Industrial Engineering from the Catalonia Polytechnic University. Expert in Cooperation and management Projects.
  • Dr. Beatriz Sainz De Abajo. Doctorate from the Cordoba University. Professor in the Department of Signal and Communications Theory and Telematics Engineering, in the Valladolid University.
  • Dr. Ignacio Eizmendi Izquierdo. Professor in the Basque State University.
  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Doctorate in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communication from the Catalonia Polytechnic University. Academic Director of the Environmental Area in the Iberoamerican University Foundation.
  • Dr. Jon Arambarri Basáñez. Doctorate in Project Engineering from the Catalonia Polytechnic University and the Cordoba University. MBA Executive, Institute of Applied Business Economics, Basque State University. Masters in Telecommunication Engineering, Bilbao School of Engineering. Director of IDi in www.virtualware.es; Multimedia, 3D Animation & Interactive Virtual Environments.
  • Dr. (c) Diego J. Kurtz. Doctorate in Engineering and Knowledge Management from the PPGEGC – UFSC (in process). Master in International Business - Wiesbaden Business School, Germany. Researcher in the Core Management for Sustainability (www.ngs.ufsc.br) and Junior Researcher of the Dynamic SME Project (www.dynamic-sme.org). Program Coordinator and Professor in the Iberoamerican University Foundation.
  • Dr. (c) Saúl Domingo Soriano. Doctoral candidate at the University of Leon. Master in Business Management from the Barcelona Catalonia Institute of Technology. Master in e-Business Consulting and Information Technology from the Las Palmas University in Grand Canaria, Spain. Director of Master and Specializations Final Project, Iberoamerican University Foundation.
  • Dr. (c) Jon Sánchez de la Fuente. Professor in the Basque State University.
  • Ms. Pedro Chávez Chiclayo. Computer Systems Engineer from the Trujillo Antenor Orrego University (Peru). Master in Computer Science from the Campinas State University in Sao Paulo (Brazil).
  • Ms. Virginia Saman. Engineer in Computer Management from the St. Mary University Campus Guayaquil Chile. Master in Logistics (France).
  • Ing. Omar de León. Telecommunications Engineer from the University of the Republic of Uruguay. Graduate studies and research in telecommunications in the IIP, the Netherlands. Director and principal consultant for Teleconsult.
  • Ing. Sylvia Chebi. Telecommunications engineering from the University of the Republic of Uruguay. Graduated from the University of Montevideo (Uruguay) and Adolfo Ibañez University (Chile). Consultant for Teleconsult.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for scholarships in FUNIBER Training.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a scholarship in FUNIBER Training.