CASE is highly regarded for its expertise in the communications sector.  Over the last two decades we have worked with most of the largest network operators and access seekers to respond to regulators and competition authorities in Europe and elsewhere with robust economic and empirical analyses.

CASE has assisted fixed, mobile, cable, and satellite network operators on a range of competition and regulatory matters including access and interconnection, pricing and cost analysis, margin squeeze allegations, predation, foreclosure, termination charges, and many other standard issues surrounding the economic regulation of network operators.  From an early stage Case has advised mobile network operators and VMNOs on competitive issues including termination charges and licensing arrangements.

CASE has assisted clients to respond to consultations and investigations by European Commission (DG Infosoc and DG Comp) as well as by National Regulatory Authorities including Ofcom (UK), ComReg (Ireland), OPTA (Netherlands), BIPT (Belgium), RTR (Austria), FICORA (Finland), BnetzA (Germany), AGCOM (Italy), OFTA (Hong Kong), Commerce Commission (New Zealand), and the ACA and ABA (Australia).

CASE has provided assistance to gain merger clearance for many of the largest mergers in the communication sector including Vodafone/MannesmannMCI/WorldComAOL/Time Warner,  Telia/TelenorTelia/SoneraSonae/PortugalTelecom, Seagrams/PolygramTMobile/Tele.ring, E.ON/MOLDong/Elsam/E2, and  HP/Compaq

Assignments include:

  • assessing competition in telecoms mergers
  • regulation of IP interconnection
  • competition law assessment of network sharing agreements
  • regulation of wholesale broadband access
  • functional and structural separation of fixed operators
  • international roaming charges
  • reciprocity of termination rates
  • retail minus and ECPR pricing rules
  • margin squeeze assessments
  • regulation of national and international leased lines
  • local loop unbundling (LLU) regulation and pricing
  • review of spectrum liberalisation and trading,
  • 3G refarming and licence conditions
  • liberalisation of international gateway services
  • number portability cost benefit analysis
  • development and assessment of mobile LRIC models
  • calculation of efficient spectrum pricing
  • line of business restrictions in video services
  • regulated access to national roaming services
  • international benchmarking
  • Universal Service Obligation (USO) policy
  • valuation of 3G licences and bidder support
  • cash bid TV franchise licence applications

Recent publications include:

 “How competition affects broadband speed“, Casenote, February 2013

 “Margin Squeeze – An overview of EU and national case law”, econcurrences, June 2012

“Bill and Keep: A solution to the termination monopoly?“, Casenote, October 2007

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