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FIN-113 IAS/IFRS in Telecommunications


*This course is also available as a live distance learning course*

A 5-day Training Program to provide participants with in-depth knowledge of the International Accounting Standards/International Financial Reporting Standards (IAS/IFRS) and guidelines for their implementation in the telecommunications sector.


  • Present an overview of international Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Provide an understanding of the options available to implement IAS/IFRS as a standard accounting method
  • Present alternative accounting solutions for telecommunication organizations
  • Present the main issues that telecommunications organizations face when implementing and using IAS/IFRS


Part I – Introduction to IAS/IFRS

Fundamentals of financial statements

  • Purpose
  • Components
  • General accounting principles

Balance sheet, income and cash flow statements

Importance of IAS/IFRS

Overview and development of IAS/IFRS standards

Differences with other accounting standards

Guidelines for IAS/IFRS implementation

Part II – Main issues of IAS/IFRS implementation for telecommunication organizations -Result reporting

Income statement and cost recognition

Revenue recognition

  • IAS 18
  • Multi-item packages, pre-paid cards, special offers, devices, number portability, etc.
  • Third parties: principals versus agents
  • Interconnection issues

Research & Development (R&D)



Employee benefits

Income tax deferrals

Part III – Main issues of IAS/IFRS implementation for telecommunication organizations – Balance sheet reporting

Tangible assets: buildings, networks, inventories, maintenance

Intangible assets: goodwill, licenses, self-made or jointly-made intangibles

Depreciation methods

Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU), concessions, grants by the government

Indicators and reversals of impairments

Cash generating units: impairment for a single asset or bundle of assets


Foreign exchange

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)


Segment-based reporting

Part IV – General issues

Subscriber acquisition costs

  • Reporting
  • Presentation
  • Analysis

Financial instruments

Interim reporting and events after the balance sheet date

Target Audience

  • Telecommunications managers and personnel responsible for finance, accounting and analysis of financial reports
  • Managers looking to complement their skill-set by gaining a good understanding of IAS/IFRS and its application to telecommunication organizations
  • Professionals involved in activities related to accounting in telecommunications such as general accountants, bankers, lawyers and regulators


A combination of engaging activities and dynamic presentations to stimulate and maximize participants' learning.



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Neotelis provides training, consulting, conferences and publications to the telecommunications industry worldwide. Its team of senior experts has trained thousands of executives and managers working for operators, regulators, policy-makers and governments in over 120 countries around the world.

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