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costing wireless access technology in Australia

Network Strategies determined that there are significant flaws in the methodology and assumptions used in a study commissioned by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the costs of alternative wireless access technologies. We found that weaknesses in the model include incorrect modelling of some of the key physical coverage and capacity characteristics of WiMAX and 3G/HSPDA networks, as well as inappropriate assumptions concerning traffic volumes and service quality.

The ACCC released our review of the model on 14 July 2006.
(July 2006)

conquering NZ’s broadband divide

The New Zealand Ministry for Economic Development (MED) has released the results from an in-depth study commissioned from Network Strategies on strategies for improving the country’s relative performance in broadband penetration. Our report examined the key differences between the leading OECD countries and New Zealand, and quantified the likely outcome of various regulatory scenarios. We found that given a comprehensive package of regulatory initiatives, it is possible for New Zealand to improve its current ranking from 22 out of 30 and join the top half of OECD countries by 2010.

On 4 July 2006, the MED released a second paper by Network Strategies on telecommunications industry investment in New Zealand. (July 2006)

guiding broadband strategy in New Zealand

The New Zealand Government commissioned Network Strategies to provide expert advice for input to the Telecommunications Stocktake Cabinet Paper, proposing a comprehensive action plan that aims to reduce the gap between take-up of broadband services in New Zealand and in the leading OECD countries. The Ministry of Economic Development (MED) released our reports, on organisational and structural separation and Naked DSL, on 28 June 2006. (June 2006)

Network Strategies at FMC Asia 2006

Noelle Jones (Principal Consultant) will be speaking on the regulatory implications of Fixed-Mobile Convergence in Bangkok, Thailand at the IBC Asia conference Fixed Mobile Convergence – Asia 2006 to be held 19-20 January 2006. (December 2005)

Fixed Mobile Convergence, 19-20 January 2006, Bangkok, Thailand

NZ regulatory expert joins Network Strategies

Dr Alan Hamilton has joined our expert team of telecoms consultants and will be based in our Wellington office. Alan was previously Chief Advisor, Telecommunications at the New Zealand Commerce Commission where he was instrumental in providing industry and technical advice to the Telecommunications Commissioner and other high-level New Zealand Government officials. (April 2005)

TTYs in Australia

In May 2003, the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (now known as the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) commissioned Network Strategies to undertake a review of teletypewriter (TTY) technology and use in Australia. Anecdotal estimates indicate that there are about 10,000 to 15,000 TTYs in Australia, but there are no clear statistics on the number or types of TTYs, who the users are, or the reasons for TTY use. We recommended a methodology for data collection and analysis to obtain further reliable information on TTYs in Australia. A summary of our report is available on the DBCDE website. (October 2003)

costing of universal service in New Zealand

Network Strategies was commissioned by TelstraClear to perform a review of the Commerce Commission’s costing models of the Telecommunications Service Obligation (TSO). We found that the models were sensitive to a number of key assumptions and recommended a number of adjustments to improve the accuracy of the models. Our findings were presented at a Commission hearing during the week of 11–15 August. (August 2003)

WTO and telecoms in China

Dr Suella Hansen (Director) and Noelle Jones (Principal Consultant) have recently returned from Beijing where we provided advice to the Chinese government on regulatory changes required as a consequence of China’s accession to the WTO. We also conducted an intensive workshop on telecoms issues related to WTO commitments, which was attended by a large audience comprising government regulators as well as major Chinese telecoms operators. Our work was funded by AusAID, the Australian government agency for international development. (April 2002)

AusAID appointment

Network Strategies has been awarded a three-year Period Contract to provide AusAID with specialist services in the field of Telecommunications Policy and Regulation. The focus of AusAID, the Australian government agency for international development, is to assist developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. Network Strategies has recently completed two AusAID-funded projects for the Chinese government. (March 2002)

benchmarking rural & remote telecoms

Network Strategies recently completed an international benchmarking study of telecommunications services for the Productivity Commission of Australia as part of a program of research into the performance of Australia’s economic infrastructure industries. We compared the accessibility, quality and price of a range of telecommunications services (PSTN, mobile and high speed data) provided in remote and rural areas with those provided in urban areas, in Australia and in a number of countries or regions (including Canada, the US, Finland, France and the UK). The Commission’s final report is available for download. (July 2001)

remote telecoms & USO

The Australian Government commissioned Network Strategies to examine technology strategies for providing untimed local calls in remote Australia, to fulfil their commitment to provide untimed local calls to remote Australia (the so-called ‘extended zones’). (January 2000) 


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