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Technology trends & architecture

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The rapid pace of technological change in the industry requires decision makers to anticipate future developments and assess the potential opportunities and challenges for service providers and consumers. Policies and strategies cannot be formulated without a deep understanding of the underlying technologies. Our team has extensive experience in technology assessment, network architecture, migration strategies and vendor selection.

Technologies for universal service provision

Network Strategies was engaged by TelstraClear as external experts to assist with the New Zealand Commerce Commission’s TSO (universal service obligation) proceedings. One of our key achievements was the proposal of a scheme to use different wireless technologies to provide access to customers in unprofitable areas. We selected and analysed suitable technologies, produced radiofrequency designs for different regions, and estimated costs of those technologies. Our analysis led the Commerce Commission to modify its TSO costing methodology and is saving our client hundreds of thousands of dollars a year through a reduction in its TSO obligation.

Future spectrum requirements for mobile services

We developed a bottom-up technology model to determine the optimal amount of 800MHz and 900MHz spectrum that could reasonably be forecast to be required over a 20 year time horizon, on behalf of a Government policy department responsible for the spectrum renewal process. This included consideration of:

  • the optimal quantity of spectrum required by existing management right holders in the 800MHz and 900MHz bands
  • the optimal quantity of 800 or 900 MHz spectrum that a new entrant would require in the 800MHz and 900MHz bands to operate a nationwide cellular network.

Modelling wireless broadband technologies

We conducted a detailed review of a cost analysis developed for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) of alternative wireless technologies – WiMAX, HSDPA and satellite – for local access in Australia. We found that the key conclusions of the analysis were questionable due to a number of inappropriate assumptions, together with incorrect modelling of the physical characteristics of WiMAX and HSDPA.

Technologies for remote communications

Network Strategies assessed various technological strategies for fulfilling the Australian Government’s commitment to provide untimed local calls within extended zones in remote Australia, and to allow calls to designated “community service towns” at a new “preferential” rate. Our analysis considered the extent to which alternative technologies could be used to provide additional service choices, such as high speed and/or interactive data, broadcasting and mobile services. We also provided a review of current and likely future global trends in the delivery of telecommunications services to remote areas.

Technical assessment of text solutions for people with disabilities

On behalf of the Australian Government, we investigated the technical feasibility and financial viability of a text server to provide real-time communication between the Baudot 50 textphones currently used within Australia and those using other textphone protocols. We examined trends in text telephony in other key markets, and conducted extensive consultation with key stakeholders, including user groups, operators and manufacturers. Our results are being used for policy development.


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