The communications sector is vital to modern economies; this was recognised before Covid-19, but the recent requirement for social distancing has led to an increased need for home working and remote education, as well as increased policy emphasis on the critical nature of connectivity. It is a sector with constant technological change which has evolved complex value chains, as a result, policy stakeholders are often in need of expert support.
Communications is a heavily regulated sector. National regulators implement sector-specific ex-ante regulation to limit the negative effects of market power via remedies applied to operators with significant market power. They also administer various critical functions in relation to consumer protection and management of scarce resources, including radio spectrum and telephone numbers. National legal frameworks and market situations differ, and past regulatory and policy interventions sometimes caused a complex patchwork of remedies, which can require tailored solutions.
We have been active in providing support regarding policy and regulation since the foundation of Analysys in 1985. Our communications-sector focus, expertise and long history in this area allows us to provide our clients with the best possible advice.
Accelerating digital transformation of society
State broadband interventions and public-private partnerships investing in broadband
Networks and platforms policy development and response
Regulatory price control / cost modelling
Regulatory benchmarking and other regulatory economic analysis
Postal and courier sector regulation and policy
Spectrum management and policy
Expert witness, litigation and anti-trust support
Our work has included regulatory advice in 115 different countries over the last 15 years, on projects of all shapes and sizes. For example, we briefed the Verizon board on European regulatory and policy issues as part of their discussions regarding the purchase of Vodafone’s stake in Verizon Wireless, which culminated in a USD100 billion transaction.
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