Communications

CASE is highly regarded for its expertise in the communications sector.  Over the last three 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 regulation of network operators.  Case mobile operators on auction and licensing issues, and fixed and mobile access seekers, MNVOs and VMNOs.

We have assisted clients to respond to consultations and investigations by European Commission (DG Infosoc and DG Comp) and 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 assist parties to gain merger clearance for some of the largest mergers in the communication sector including Vodafone/MannesmannMCI/WorldComAOL/Time WarnerTelia/TelenorTelia/SoneraSonae/PortugalTelecom, Seagrams/PolygramTMobile/Tele.ringE.ON/MOLDong/Elsam/E2, and  HP/Compaq mergers

Recent 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
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