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Addressing billing disputes and AITs in UK domestic voice at World Telemedia

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World Telemedia 2016 is set to run an Open Forum & Private Lunch for all independent carriers with a UK Standard Interconnect Agreement (SIA) to consider how best to lobby BT and Ofcom for a more “pro-business” administrative process. Make sure you have a seat at the table.

The AIT (Annex E) and Billing Dispute (Annex B) processes are clearly in need of serious reform. With the small print on the Standard Interconnect Agreement (SIA) changing with little or no independent carrier involvement and the flow of critical price information often “lost” in the system – Independent carriers and their clients are losing money and putting their businesses at serious risk.

In an attempt to formulate a practical industry response, key stakeholders are invited to join forces at World Telemedia 2016 Marbella 18-20 October to consider how best to encourage BT and Ofcom to support a fairer, “pro-business” administrative system that supports industry growth and new revenue opportunities for everyone.

The initiative forms part of World Telemedia’s new Breakout Programme and will be chaired by Alan Partington, former Fraud Manager & Head of Wholesale Circuit Billing at BT and now Compliance Manager at Telecom 2.

A Private Lunch will be held at 13:00 on the 19th October – with space reserved for around 20 key stakeholders (one representative per independent carrier with a UK interconnect). If you haven’t already received an invitation then you can contact Jarvis@worldtelemedia.co.uk or annika@telemedia-news.com.

 

Agenda Topics Will Include:  

  • Why are SIA changes important?
  • Is the SIA being applied properly?
  • Unearthing the hidden risks
  • Retaining service charges
  • Handling billing disputes
  • Contesting AITs
  • Formation of Action Group

After lunch there will be time to go back to the show but then everyone is encouraged to attend an Open Forum at 18:15 which will be hosted by (Platinum Sponsor) Telecom 2 in their hospitality suite – located on in the main exhibition hall. Drinks will be served whilst the key themes from the earlier meeting will be discussed between representatives from all sides of the industry.

If you’d like to be involved with this important initiative, then please make sure you’re registered to attend World Telemedia – http://www.wtevent.co.uk/visiting/register/.

Then contact one of the events team to secure your seat at the table!

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