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Effective telecoms policy must be supported by sound economic, market and social analyses. We have an established track record in providing policy advice to Government in areas as diverse as broadband, spectrum licensing and management, content services and disability services.


Structural and operational separation

We reviewed key issues in structural and operational separation of incumbent operators for the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development. Our study addressed the advantages and disadvantages of the different forms of separation, as well as implementation costs and the potential impact on competition. We also provided insights from international experience, particularly in the UK and Australia.


Naked DSL and its potential impact on the broadband market

We provided expert advice to the Ministry of Economic Development on the importance of Naked DSL (NDSL) to the competitiveness of the New Zealand telecommunications market. In particular we examined the potential of NDSL to affect the take-up of wholesale and retail broadband services (including VoIP), fixed-mobile substitution and convergence, and its compatibility with local loop unbundling and unconstrained bitstream.


Evaluating methods for awarding spectrum licences

On behalf of a regulator, we assessed the economic costs and benefits of alternative methods for the selection of third generation mobile licensees. This included an assessment of the market value of the 3G licences to the operators, the impact of licence costs on future pricing of wholesale and retail services and the impact of 3G pricing on consumer spending and economic welfare.


WTO commitments and the implications for telecoms

We were commissioned to provide expert advice and recommendations to the Chinese government on regulatory changes required as a consequence of China’s accession to the WTO. Our main focus was on the commitments of WTO membership and approaches to meeting these commitments. We drew on evidence from other countries in this respect with an emphasis on the process of opening up the telecommunications industry in developed countries, and the progress of developing countries’ accession to the WTO and their policy adjustments. The study was conducted as part of the Economics and Foreign Trade Training Project (EFTT Project), a bilateral aid project, with the Government of the People’s Republic of China, funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) for the Government of Australia. Our report contained policy and legal recommendations for the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFTEC), the Chinese WTO implementation agency.

 

 
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