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Aug 2017

New tariff regulations for Malawi: Incyte Consulting has recently prepared new interconnection and tariffing regulations for the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority with price proposals based on bottom-up cost models constructed for this purpose. The models and the pricing plans were presented to industry at a workshop held in Blantyre on 26th July 2017.

Blantyre Industry Workshop

Feb 2017

Collective Dominance and Oligopoly Regulation: Incyte Consulting Director Jim Holmes has had his doctoral thesis accepted by Monash University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree has been awarded.

The thesis is entitled Collective dominance and oligopoly control in European competition law: Dealing with persistent oligopoly in markets such as telecommunications, and researches the attempts of the courts and academics to develop a suitably balanced approach to collective dominance (sometimes called tacit collusion) in markets that are typically oligopolistic such as telecommunications. The developments in the European Union have been more fruitful than some other jurisdictions to research these matters because of the context provided by the EU Treaty.

The thesis has been loaded into the Monash University Library and Archive system and may be accessed using the following URL: https://doi.org/10.4225/03/589a6b271f625

Jan 2017

Big Data: Incyte Director, David Rogerson, gave a keynote address on the subject of Effective Regulation of Big Data, at the ITU Regional Economic and Financial Forum of Telecommunications / ICTs for Africa, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 30-31 January 2017. See picture attached. The presentation can be found at here. A separate briefing paper will be published shortly on this website.

David Rogerson at ITU Victoria Falls

Jan 2017

Net Neutrality: A major net neutrality milestone was reached in August 2016 through the publication of the BEREC Guidelines on the Implementation by National Regulators of European Net Neutrality Rules.

A comprehensive paper, Net Neutrality: A perspective responding to recent developments in the European Union, has been prepared by three of Incyte's principals. The paper argues that the BEREC Guidelines have effectively and significantly brought to an end the long-lasting and highly polarised 'net neutrality' debate that began in the United States in the 1990s. The Guidelines potentially provide a comprehensive, flexible, readily implementable and globally exportable framework of solutions for balancing the legitimate 'net neutrality' needs of all stakeholders regardless of national jurisdiction.

The paper was published as an extended article in the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy (December 2016, Vol 4 No 4) and may be accessed free of charge at https://telsoc.org/ajtde/2016-12-v4-n4/a79 A version of the paper in a different format and with footnotes rather than endnotes, may be accessed on this website, here.

Sep 2016

Since Incyte was established in 2007 the company has supported a number of charities and appeals, most notably in response to the Haiti Earthquake of 2010. This month Incyte Director, David Rogerson, is running a marathon in aid of the Sustainable Agro Alliance (SAAL), a project working with 1,800 farmers from excluded communities in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. SAAL aims to form strong cooperatives using organic farming techniques, so as to ensuring a better future for themselves and their families. Incyte has contributed £750 of the £2200 raised so far. More information on the project may be found at http://www.saal.co.in

Jul 2016

Incyte Principal Associate Kerron Edmunson is a legal expert in telecom regulation based in South Africa. In an interview this month with Business Day she reflected on the regulator ICASA's approach to broadband network development. Kerron has stepped down as a Director of Incyte, but she will continue to work closely with the company on key regulatory projects in Africa and elsewhere.

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  Visit the Business Day site and watch or read the transcript of Kerron's interview here.

May 2015

Incyte has been engaged in three separate European countries to assist with financial modeling related to next generation broadband networks. In Bulgaria we are working with Ecorys to update cost models for fixed and mobile networks for the national regulatory authority, CRC; in Ireland we are working with Regulaid to develop robust costing methodology for wholesale access to broadband infrastructure; in Belgium we are advising the cable company Telenet on the financial and economic modeling of fibre and VDSL roll-out.

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Bulgaria's Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has published its Decision No. 496 of 17 September 2016. View the article on the TeleGeography site here.

Apr 2015

Incyte Director Harm Aben has prepared a paper showing Incyte's approach to product development and innovation. The approach has been successful for a number of our clients in Progresif of Brunei and BTC Bahamas.

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  Harm Aben - "Incyte Consulting's Approach to Telecom Sector Product Development: Being Creative in a Corporate Setting" (April, 2015).

Jan 2015

Kerron Edmunson joins Incyte as a Director: Kerron Edmunson has been an associate of Incyte's for many years, partnering in many projects particularly in Africa. Kerron became a Director and consultant of Incyte in January 2015. Kerron's experience and expertise is shown under Our People.

Oct 2014

A new Competition Management regime for Lesotho

Incyte Consulting has been retained by the Lesotho Communications Authority to prepare a new Competition Management Regime for the telecommunications sector. A public consultation document has been released in which the relevant markets for ex-ante regulation are defined and draft determinations of dominance are proposed for each market. The public consultation marks the first major milestone in the project which will ultimately establish a range of pro-competition measures for communications in the Lesotho. The consultation documents may be found here and interested parties are invited to submit their comments by 10th October 2014.

Apr 2014

David Rogerson has published a paper on International Charging Models in National Broadband Network Environment as part of the latest ITU publication Trends in Telecommunication Reform. The paper reflects on 10 years of experience with IP interconnection and concludes that the time is ripe for a move away from cost-based ex-ante regulation and towards greater reliance on ex-post corrective measures. It is available for free here.

Jan 2014

ICT Policy development in developing countries

Over recent years Incyte has built a strong track record in creating and implementing national broadband and ICT plans. (MORE) Incyte has just completed projects acting as international advisor in support of BMI-Techknowldge to help the Department of Communications in South Africa to develop an ICT Sector Policy, and as lead advisor to the Zambian ICT Authority in the development of a National ICT Strategy and Implementation Plan. During 2013, Incyte Director, Jim Holmes, also worked extensively for the ITU to help policy-makers in small developing countries (e.g. Fiji, Lesotho, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea) develop appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks for broadband. Currently Incyte Director, Matthew O'Rourke is developing broadband policies and implementation plans for Lao and Brunei Darussalam. The key factors in the success of all these projects have been the establishment of SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) goals, full appreciation of the way ICT eco-systems work, and ensuring that the policy is supported at the very highest level of Government.

Nov 2013

BTC plans lower call rates in the Bahamas

Developed with support of one of Incyte's Directors, BTC has recently launched new calling plans which drastically lower the cost of long distance and international calling in The Bahamas. The new plans allow customers to make cheaper calls to the UK, Canada, the USA and the Bahamas (long-distance). Our Director provided support in the product development process including primary research, market analysis, business case development and the approval process with the sector regulator. The plans can be found here.

July 2013

ITU Global Symposium for Regulators

David Rogerson has prepared a discussion paper on Interconnection Charging Models in a National Broadband Environment for the ITU's flagship Global Symposium for Regulators, held in Warsaw, July 2013. Read the report here.

February 2013

Open Access

EU Commission accepts tariffs based on cost models developed by an Incyte-led consortium. Incyte Consulting recently led a consortium of firms providing advice to the regulator of Bulgaria (CRC) on the development of bottom-up LRIC (Long Run Incremental Costs) models estimating costs for services provided over Next Generation Networks (NGNs). The outputs of these models have now been used to set tariffs for mobile call termination, fixed call termination and fixed call origination services in Bulgaria, using the 'Pure LRIC' methodology recommended by the EU Commission - see the document here. The Commission has recently approved CRC's proposed tariffs through notifications BG/2013/1409-1410-1411..

January 2013

Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL)

The first international submarine fibre cable to land in Liberia goes live this month. The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) cable will transform connectivity in the country, dramatically increasing bandwidth availability and reducing prices. Incyte Consulting has been a key advisor to the Liberia Telecommunications Authority and the West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (WARCIP) Liberia on the project. We have developed the regulatory framework for CCL, conducted market analysis, prepared price cap regulations and drafted the CCL licence. Incyte was also responsible for preparing the first CCL business plan.

December 2012

Malaysian Wholesale Prices

Incyte was retained by Celcom, Axiata Bhd to assist it to analyse and respond to the Wholesale Access Pricing Review being conducted by the SKKM. SKKM developed cost models for wholesale pricing purposes and these required thorough examination. The review was completed with the determination by SKKM of new wholesale prices by the end of December.

August 2012

Open Access

David Rogerson presented a paper on Open Access Regulation in the Digital Economy, at the Global Symposium for Regulators held in Colombia in October 2011. The paper was recently published by ITU as part of Trends in Telecommunications Reform, 2012. This publication may be purchased from the ITU website. The original discussion paper can be found here.

March 2012

Regulating for NGNs

On 5 March the Hong Kong Regulator, OFCA, posted the report prepared by Plum Consulting, in association with Incyte Consulting, to its website. The report is called "Consultancy Study in relation to the Implications of Next Generation Network on the Regulation of Telecommunications Services in Hong Kong", and it deals with the adequacy of current regulation across the board in the light of the imperatives of NGN. The potential costs to an economy of continuing inappropriate legacy regulation in the NGN era are very large indeed and all economies will need to undertake a review of this kind. The report can be downloaded free using the link: http://tel_archives.ofca.gov.hk/en/report-paper-guide/report/consultancy.html.

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The Regulating for NGNs report can be downloaded free using the link: http://tel_archives.ofca.gov.hk/en/report-paper-guide/report/consultancy.html.

April 2012

Pricing Broadband Services

In 2010 Incyte Consulting prepared a chapter for a publication that the ITU was preparing on a number of broadband themes. The Incyte Consulting chapter has now been published with some other chapters by the ITU and can be download from the ITU's Broadband Universal Portal.

Incyte believes that regulators should take caution in trying to impose price regulation on retail broadband services, having regard to the risks of market distortion that may result. The article sets out considerable guidance, drawn from experience in many countries, of the circumstances under which wholesale broadband service prices may be regulated. Again, regulatory forbearance is cautioned.

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Visit the ITU's Broadband Universal Portal for additional information.

May 2012

Broadband in Romania

Incyte Consulting continues to increase its profile at the forefront of broadband policy and regulatory consultancy and publication. Incyte Consulting regularly provides support to the ITU and Incyte Director Harm Aben has recently written an important case study on the approach taken in Romania to broadband policy, funding and regulation. The case study has recently been published by the Broadband Commission of the ITU, and may be accessed here.

The case-study addresses efforts made in Romania to close the digital divide in a country with low availability of fixed infrastructure and a relatively high reliance on mobile technologies to provide access to telecommunications services. The case-study therefore provides an interesting reference point for policy makers and regulators trying to ensure universal access to broadband facilities in markets with more challenging market structures.


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