Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:12 | Written by Pura | | |
PURA occassionally conducts different Studies , Survey and Monitoring Exercises and publishes Reports on its findings. In most cases, these reports are either written by PURA staff or through collaboration with consultants, both local or international.
below are a list of Major Studies conducted by PURA over the last five years:
ICT Market Assessment & Competition Study: This study was co-funded by the ITU and it is the first Market Competition Study conducted by the Authority in various wholesale and retail markets across the ICT value chain. The Authority is using some of the recommendations for ex-post and ex-ante interventions within the identified markets.ÂÂ
Interconnection Study:This Study was co-sponsored by the ITU and examined Interconnection charges in The Gambia upto 2008. It finding were fully implemented by PURA in two stages and interconenction charges betweeen operators was reduced from D2.50 to a maximum of D0.50b.
International Call Rates Study: PURA together with the ITU also conucted a study on International Call Rates in The Gambia and implemented the recommendations by insituting a price floor to prevent anti-competitive pricing
The Government of The Gambia has received a credit from the International Development Association toward the cost of the Trade Gateway Project. GIEPA formerly known as Gambia Investment Promotion and Free Zones Agency (GIPFZA), the implementing agency of the Trade Gateway Project,ÂÂÂÂÂ through the request from PURA to conduct a tariff study for electricity applied part of the proceeds of this credit towards the payment for consultancy services for Electricity and Water Tariffs Study.The objective of the tariff study was for PURA in the implementation of tariff guidelines and models emanating from the study for unbundled generation, transmission, and distribution tariffs in line with the Electricity Act 2005, to ensure competition and sustainable supply of electricity in the Gambia. The study also did a similar exercise for Water and Sewage services in that a single utility, NAWEC has a monopoly over the provision of both services in The Gambia. Th study took a period of six months from Janaury 2009. Accompanying the report, an Excell based tariff model concerned primariliy with the data analytics associated with computing Annual Revenue Requirements.
Quality of Service Report (GSM Operators) - May 2013
The IC Act 2009, Section 83, mandates the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to ensure that all licensed Telecommunications Service Providers offer an acceptable quality of service.
In a bid to fulfill its mandate as provided for in the Act, PURA in balancing the interest of all stakeholders seeks to protect both consumers and the regulated utilities (operators) by empowering them through any of the following:
1.Consumers to be able to make informed choices.
2.Operators to perform more efficiently and sustainable in a competitive market environment.