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TRA Strategic Plan 2008-2009 April 25, 2008. The TRA Board was appointed on February 21, 2007, and the TRA began its regulatory work as of March 2007.

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1 TRA Strategic Plan April 25, 2008

2 The TRA Board was appointed on February 21, 2007, and the TRA began its regulatory work as of March 2007 TRA Chairman Financial Affairs ICAU MCU TTU LALU Marketing Tariffs Spectrum Affairs Legal Consumer Affairs & Public Consultation Policy Technical Operations Licensing Market Analysis Standards and QOS Cost Accounting Administrative Affairs Internal Audit Independent Regulatory Authority The TRA's Organizational Chart was largely determined by Decree 14264

3 As a first step in assuming its duties as per the Telecommunications Law, the TRA has defined its mission statement and objectives Mission Statement: To establish a regulatory environment that enables a competitive telecommunications market to deliver state-of-the-art services at affordable prices to the broadest spectrum of the Lebanese population Establishment of an Independent Regulator – April 2007 Prerogatives of the TRA  Issue regulations and draft Decrees (Art 5)  Manage Radio Frequency, Interconnection agreements, numbers, equipment import, etc.. (Art 29)  Liberalize the market and take any necessary measure to reach a competitive market (Art 30)  License telecommunications service providers and radio frequency bands (Art 20)  Resolve disputes between service providers (Art 43)

4 There is a wide range of benefits stemming from Liberalization  Increase service penetration  Increase customer choice  Improve price to quality ratio  Introduce new technologies and services  Reach underserved areas  Keep up with technological advances  Introduce good governance and management  Ensure more effective infrastructure  Improve sector productivity  Improve financial performance  Increase overall telecom revenues  Attract private and foreign capital  Improve connectivity and penetration of ICT  Generate revenues from privatization  Generate revenues from licenses  Spur job creation throughout the economy  Join international trade organizations (e.g. WTO)  Join the global trading system (e.g. EU association)  Catalyze growth of information economy  Improve global competitiveness of the economy  Improve general economic performance Benefits the Customer Benefits the Telecommunications Industry Benefits the Economy

5 The TRA strategic plan covers three key objectives for 2009, which evolve around privatizing the two existing mobile networks and liberalizing broadband services  Issuing key regulations (Spectrum Licensing, Licensing, Spectrum Pricing Opinion, Interconnection, Quality of service, Numbering, SMP, Consumer Affairs, etc..)  Liberalization of the telecom sector starting with mobile communications (2G/3G) by Q1 09 if GoL Decision 1 1  Broadband  Providing for competition in the broadband market  Providing the regulatory framework for the launch of ADSL services  Regularizing DSP licenses  Improving Lebanon's international connectivity  Broadband  Providing for competition in the broadband market  Providing the regulatory framework for the launch of ADSL services  Regularizing DSP licenses  Improving Lebanon's international connectivity The Board will focus on building the TRA’s institutional capabilities from 40 in 2007, with a target of professionals by Q2 2009

6 The TRA's draft Liberalization Roadmap proposes introducing competition across all telecommunications markets while allowing LibanTelecom some exclusivity over some services for a limited period of time MobileNetwork Operator Virtual Network MNVOs PSTN/ Basic Telephony Network Operator Reseller Broadband Access National International Access Facilities Service Provider Reseller 3 1 *** 5+ ** * Liban Telecom expected ** TRA is still considering the appropriate number of NBLs to issue *** Two for the mobile licenses, one for Liban Telecom and two others for the NBLs for data traffic only License Award Open licensingMarket Review Notes *

7 The regulations needed to ensure the success of liberalization have been put in place Spectrum Management and Licensing Regulation Administering and Implementing the NNP Drafting StageDraft Ready Stage Consultation Stage Final Review (TRA Board) Issued Type Approval Regulation Accounting Separation Regulation Spectrum Pricing Opinion Consumer Affairs Regulation Significant Market Power Regulation Unbundling Regulation Broadband Policy Statement Lebanese National Frequency Table National Numbering Plan Liberalization Roadmap Licensing Regulation Licensing Regulation Interconnection Regulation Decisions: VSAT, Trial IPTV Spectrum trial Allocation for MoT / OGERO Decisions: VSAT, Trial IPTV Spectrum trial Allocation for MoT / OGERO VOIP Policy Statement Pricing Regulation National Roaming * Interconnection Interim Pricing Decision Spectrum Refarming Guidelines Quality of Service Regulation Regulatory Framework for establishment of call centers * Decision approved by the board,, but will be issued concurrently with the Mobile Auction Award.

8 Agreement on transaction structure (HCP, TRA, MoT) RFA amended Draft Law ready Consultants re- appointed RFA and draft law approved by CoM Law enacted by Parliament Process re- launched Updated VDR Access Due diligence Q&A Site visits completed License and Acquisition Documents finalized Application due date VDR closes Qualifying Applicants announced Auction Day CoM approves / disapproves sale Confirmation letter sent to winning bidders Performance bond (10% of bid amount) posted Agreement on bylaws & capital structure of company Incorporation of companies 40% of bid due (less credit for RoL shares) Remaining 60% of bid due license issuance I PO T0 T0 + 2 weeks T0 + 7 weeks T weeks T weeks T1= T weeks T0 + 4 weeks T0 + 8 weeks T weeksT weeks T1 + 3 weeks T weeks T weeks T weeks T weeks T weeks The Mobile Auction has been suspended in January 2008, but could be held within 8 weeks from a GoL decision  Most of the preparatory work for the auction has been completed  Until now, and despite the delay encountered, around 10 major regional and international players of the telecommunications sector have shown interest in the auction  Delay of the process will lead to: a rather long extension of the management agreement hampering the development of the mobile market discouraging investors extensive update of the financial, legal and technical due diligences  Both the TRA and HCP are ready to re-launch the privatization / licensing process at any time

9 The TRA plans to issue licenses (through an international public auction) in order to establish across Lebanon, best in class core, metropolitan and access networks Fixed MoT Infrastructure: currently the only provider of national internet and data transmission, however needs major upgrade of national and international capacity. National Broadband Licenses: Provide a best in class alternative national networks (core, metropolitan and access), enabling the national transmission and provision of high speed communication Broadband Access Licenses: Unleash competition on the access level and provide more choice to consumers ( e.g. incumbent data service providers) The TRA plans to issue: 1.Two new NBLs (alongside LibanTelecom) 2.Unrestricted number of Broadband Access Licenses (for existing DSP and new licenses) taking into account limitations in the availability of spectrum resource The TRA plans to issue: 1.Two new NBLs (alongside LibanTelecom) 2.Unrestricted number of Broadband Access Licenses (for existing DSP and new licenses) taking into account limitations in the availability of spectrum resource Therefore Competition

10 The TRA plans to launch the licensing of national broadband networks in Q Nov 08 Licensing Regulation Draft RFA for Consultation Nov 08 Final Broadband Licenses AUCTION Dec 08Q 1 09 Broadband Policy Statement The TRA is making rapid progress in developing a regulatory framework to introduce competition in the provision of broadband services. The auction for the National Broadband Licenses and the Broadband Access Licenses will take place before Q TRA ready to grant licenses that do not require spectrum IS and RoW DecreesSpectrum Management & Licensing Regulation

11 Our Commitment The TRA is committed to bringing the country back to the international telecommunications scene through market liberalization The TRA is committed to reconnecting the Lebanese population with the world. We intend to accomplish this by building a thriving, innovative, and competitive telecommunications market place, driven by a technologically advanced infrastructure-based sector and offering services at internationally competitive prices and quality The TRA is committed to promoting the interests of telecom Lebanese consumers in the market to make sure they are getting good quality of service at affordable and competitive prices and that their right to safe, secures and confidential access to telecommunications is safeguarded


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