Exploring issues and potential obstacles for successful Introduction of an Asymmetric Interconnection regime for rural areas

countries: worldwide
key-subject: regulatory, telecommunications, ICT
client-type: financial institution

Intelecon was retained by the World Bank to identify all rationale and possibilities for how asymmetric interconnection could work between rural and urban based operators in developing countries, to act as an analysis and guide for the Bank and developing country regulators. The World Bank sought to have a practical analysis of the key issues with implementation of asymmetric interconnection to rural network viability, especially in the context of new rural operator licensing and funding for Universal Access. Intelecon's outputs consisted of a final report which identified:

  • basic concepts & reasons for asymmetric interconnection;
  • country precedents & examples of asymmetric interconnection in fixed and mobile services;
  • main practical issues, such as the relationship to tariffs, numbering and billing;
  • all possible problems and challenges to effective implementation; and
  • required, recommended solutions and ways forward.

This report has been published by the World Bank.