Framework for Provision of Universal Access to Telecommunication Services, Mongolia

countries: Mongolia
key-subject: universal access, universal service funds
client-type: government

Intelecon was retained, under the World Bank's Public and Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), to assist the Government of Mongolia and the Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC) in the development of a framework and strategy for universal service obligations throughout the country, and the operation of the Universal Service Obligations Fund (USOF) to support the strategy. Intelecon's responsibilities included:

  • Developing an understanding of the rural and low-income telecommunications market to better determine the appropriate methods and institutional arrangements of meeting demand;
  • Determining the cost of providing telecommunications to rural and low-income users, and identifying what proportion of the cost should be borne by these users and what proportion should be subsidized by the USOF;
  • Identifying the institutional and regulatory requirements for the operation of the fund and the mechanisms to improve access to communications in rural and other under-served areas;
  • Conducting a rural telecommunication demand study; and
  • Designing a pilot project which preceded the full implementation of the strategy.

As part of a separate, follow-on contract, Intelecon is assisting the CRC with the implementation of the first pilot and a follow-up technical assistance contract arranged by the World Bank and Global Partnership for Output-based Assistance (GPOBA).