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The US 700MHz auction: truckloads of cash, but…

April 15, 2008

With the recently concluded US 700MHz auction raising USD19.1 billion – almost double the reserve price of USD10 billion – national administrators must be wondering what level of revenues could be achieved in their own markets.

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Privacy in an Information Society: issues from the Facebook experience

February 27, 2008

In recent weeks the social network, Facebook, has been widely criticised for the difficulties experienced by its users wishing to end their association with the site, and seeking to delete their accounts and all of their content. However, in Facebook’s November 2007 Terms of Use, to which members would have agreed in order to complete the registration process, it is clearly stated that although “you may remove your User Content from the Site at any time”, “you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content”.

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Capturing network externalities: should a surcharge apply?

February 5, 2008

The introduction of a network externality surcharge (NES) is a factor that can be included when determining termination charges, and is usually considered within the context of cost-based pricing regimes. However, the degree to which the effect of this component is felt would be a function of whether or not, and to what extent, it can be demonstrated that the introduction of such a subsidy would encourage more people to join the network.

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Next stop – sub-loop unbundling

January 22, 2008

The casual observer may be wondering what’s going on in the New Zealand telecommunications industry at the moment. In August last year, with great fanfare, a couple of ISPs unveiled the first non-Telecom DSLAMs in a Telecom exchange. Then in November Telecom announced which of its exchanges are going to be “cabinetised” – and the first on the list are those that have just been unbundled. The ISPs cry foul. Are they justified or not?

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Growing the ICT industry: can New Zealand be the new Ireland?

December 19, 2007

One of the great success stories of the past decade has been the emergence of Ireland, which has been experiencing one of the highest levels of economic growth in the OECD. In particular, the ICT sector has played a remarkable role in that transformation, despite the limited size of the domestic market.

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NGNs: what regulatory challenges lie ahead?

May 22, 2007

Emerging NGN networks and services represent a fundamental change from the conventional technologies and architectures of the PSTN. Services such as NGN voice telephony reside at a higher network layer, meaning that new services and applications can be defined without considering the underlying transport and network capabilities. Not surprisingly regulators are dispensing with the old rule-books and facing up to a host of new issues.

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A new Olympic sport? The OECD broadband rankings

April 18, 2007

With the release on 23 April 2007 of the OECD’s latest table of broadband rankings for December 2006, governments worldwide are quick to put a positive spin on their countries’ uptake of broadband services, even if they didn’t quite achieve the coveted number one ranking. Countries not in the OECD are also using these rankings to assess the performance of their own broadband market.

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