South Asian Telecommunication Regulator’s Council (SATRC) was formed in 1997 by an initiative of APT and ITU Regulatory Forum for South Asia. The SATRC is responsible for discussion and coordination of all the issues relating to regulations in telecommunication and ICT which are of common interest to the telecommunication regulators in South Asian countries. These issues included radio frequency coordination, standards, regulatory trends and issues, strategies for telecommunication development and telecommunication related international affairs. The council also indentifies and promotes areas of potential cooperation in telecommunication among South Asian countries; and facilitates the exchange of information in these areas through activities such as seminars, training and workshop.
SATRC activities are conducted by involvement of the highest level representations by the regulatory bodies of the South Asian countries. At present, SATRC is consisted of nine South Asian countries. The countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Affiliate members from those countries are also taking active participation in the council’s activity. The SATRC meetings are being held annually to address common concerns and issues of importance.
At present, Mr. Sonam Phuntsho, Director of Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority is the Chairman of SATRC for the current term of Chairmanship. Dr. Rahul Khular, Chairamn of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is the Vice Chairman of SATRC.
The Terms of Reference of the Council was adopted by the 3rd Meeting of the Council which was held 19-21 March 2001 in Thimphu, Bhutan. Please click to view the Terms of Reference.
The SATRC Action Plan (SAP) aims at addressing the regulatory issues and challenges of common concern to its members that arise due to technological, market dynamic, and innovations and developments in services in the field of information and communications so as to harness their full potential in a harmonious manner for the benefit of all by utilizing the expertise and financial resources available from within its member countries.
The concept of developing SATRC Action Plan was initiated in 2005 from the fact that the key issues can be addressed in a more focused and concentrated manner by adoption of an Action Plan. The Action Plan provides a common charter to SATRC members for deriving the synergy of collaborative wisdom and action. Action Plan implementation mechanism includes Working Group activities, organizing seminars/workshops, traning for capacity building and information sharing through web portal. For financing the implementation of the various activities and projects under the Action Plan, a core fund was created from the extra-budgetary contributions made by the SATRC members. The 15th Meeting of SATRC adopted SATRC Action Plan Phase V for implementation for the duration of 2014-2016.
SATRC Action Plan Phase I was implemented during 2004-2006, Action Plan Phase II was implemented is 2007-2009, Action Plan Phase III was implemented is 2010-2012 and Action Plan Phase IV was implemented during 2012-2014. Please click on the relevant link below to see about the detail of the different Action Plan Phase.
The 15th SATRC Meeting, held in Paro, Bhutan from 05-07 August 2014, adopted SATRC Action Plan Phase V for the duration of year 2014-2016. Action Plan Phase V has three basic components:
1. Working Groups:To conduct the work items taken under Action Plan Phase V.
2. Capacity Building: To organize workshops/trainings for the personnel of regulatory bodies on the recent trends in telecommunication/ICT sector
3. SATRC Web Portal: To collect the information from regulatory bodies and publish it on SATRC webpage for information sharing among the regulators
Action Plan Phase V accomodated two Working Groups (WG) to deal with various working itmes proposed by the members. The Working Groups are:
Working Group on Policy, Regulation and Services: To deal with the issues related to policy, regulation and services in the region. This WG is chaired by Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority (BICMA). This WG is the result of merging WG on Policy and Regulation and WG on Network and Services under Action Plan Phase III.
SATRC Chairman: Mr. Sonam Phuntsho, Director, Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
SATRC Vice Chairman: Dr. Rahul Khular, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
WG on Policy, Regulation and Services:
Chairman: Mr. Wangay Dorji, Chief Communication Officer, Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
Vice-Chairman: Mr. Abdul Samad, Member (Complience and Enforcement), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority
WG on Spectrum:
Chairman: Mr. Sanjeev Banzal, Advisor, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
Vice-Chairman: Mr. M. P. Gunasinghe, Deputy Director, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka
Please click here to download the contact details of the office bearers and nominated experts for the WGs.
Two email reflectors are active for the two SATRC Working Groups. If you are interested to join the reflectors please contact APT Secretariat.
The objective of SATRC Web Portal is to collect the information from regulatory bodies and publish it on SATRC webpage for information sharing among the regulators. Please click here to open the portal.
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