On 1-2 December 2014 Vakhtang Abashidze, the Chairman of Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) paid a visit at UKE. Cooperation between UKE and the Georgian regulator has been continued since 2011, on a basis of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the heads of both institutions. However, it was the first meeting of the President of UKE, Magdalena Gaj and the Chairman if GNCC, Vakhtang Abashidze, who has been performing this function since May 2014.
The purpose of this visit was to agree the scope of cooperation in 2015. The Georgian delegation presented in detail the areas in which it would like to gain UKE’s support. Due to a high interest of the guests in 800 MHz and 2,6 GHz frequencies auction, resulting from the fact that currently a contest on the allocation of frequencies from the 800 MHz band is being held in Georgia, this topic was discussed in more detail, with a presentation prepared by the Department of Frequencies Resources Management.
Moreover, regulatory accounting and cost models were indicated among the issues of the highest interest for GNCC. Further, the Georgian regulator would like to benefit from the UKE’s experience in the scope of: data collection and conducting analysis, especially concerning markets 4 and 5, as well as infrastructure mapping, development of access to the broadband Internet, measuring the quality of services (especially Internet), national and international roaming, regulations as regards MVNO and FVNO, electronic signature and security of data.
It was agreed that the subsequent arrangements, comprising the preparation of detailed plan of cooperation, will be conducted at a working level.
Apart from the bilateral cooperation, the President of UKE also invited the partners from Georgia to cooperate within different platforms gathering regulatory authorities of different countries, including the next year’s World Radiocommunication Conference.