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December 2009

Incyte Consulting will have two additional directors from 1st January 2010.

Harm Aben will join after working with a European incumbent operator for several years. Harm has a strong telecommunications and business background, and is experienced as a consultant. Harm will be based in England.

Matt O’Rourke will join after working in Europe for another international consulting firm and for ComReg the Irish regulator. Matt has substantial telecoms regulatory experience from his earlier assignment in the Australian Communications Authority (now ACMA). Matt is now based in Melbourne.

Harm and Matt will add to Incyte’s breadth of skills and capabilities in the industry. We welcome them to the team and look forward to introducing them to Incyte’s growing list of clients.

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For more information on the skills and experience of Incyte's directors and associate consultants, visit the Our People page.

Additional information on Incyte's capabilities can be found on the Our Capablities page.

November 2009

Incyte Consulting Director, Jim Holmes, has been retained to prepare cost models for BICMA, the regulator in Bhutan. This project is on-going and not expected to be completed before the end of the year.

There are some unusual aspects of termination rates in Bhutan, namely (1) they were actually negotiated between the operators without arbitration by the regulator; (2) fixed-mobile and mobile-fixed termination rates are the same at 1.5 BTN per minute; (3) although mobile-mobile rates have been set at 1 BTN per minute; and (4) the rates are low by world standards (one BTN = 2.2 US cents).

Initial modelling suggests that current costs are above the negotiated rates, although not by a great margin. The project therefore raises the question of the meaning of cost-reflective rates, and whether a regulator might require interconnection charges to be increased if negotiated rates are found to be below cost

More Information

For more information on Bhutan's regulator, refer to the Bhutan Infocomm and Media Authority website.

October 2009

The Tanzanian Government has commissioned the rollout of a backbone fibre network as a national-building project to give broadband access to all regions of the country. The management and operation of the National ICT Backbone has been given to the incumbent, TTCL.

Jim Holmes, Incyte Consulting Director and Ovum Associate was part of the Ovum team retained by TTCL to develop a range of frameworks to govern the future operation of the Backbone as a wholesaler of high speed capacity services to licensed operators in Tanzania (including TTCL itself). Those frameworks include a reference offer, financial business model, memorandum of understanding (between TTCL and the Ministry) and accounting separation.

Jim’s primary areas of focus were development of the MOU and the Reference Offer. These deliverables will be matters for agreement between the Ministry and TTCL in the near future. The National ICT Backbone will radically transform the possibilities for widespread affordable telecommunications access to all major communities in Tanzania and the delivery of a range of Government and private eServices.

More information

More information about Tanzania's broadband project can be found here.

July 2009

Jim Holmes, Incyte Consulting Director, was a major participant in the APT’s Workshop on Telecommunications Trade Rules held on the Gold Coast, Queensland from 14-16 July, attended by representatives from around 15 countries in the Region. The workshop reviewed the state of telecommunications services trade nearly a decade after the WTO (GATS) breakthrough in 1997 and examined ways in which significant telecom sector developments since then might be reflected in trade terms.

Jim Holmes also conducted the ITU Network Cost Modelling Workshop in Auckland, New Zealand from 20-24 July, in which over 25 participants from 10 Asian and Pacific countries developed their skills in small work groups addressing practical exercises. The assessment of the course by participants was most gratifying. The ITU will be conducting a further workshop in Bangkok in November 2009 and Jim Holmes will lead the practical sessions there as well.

About Asia Pacific Telecommunity

The APT is a unique organization of Governments, telecom service providers, manufactures of communication equipment, research & development organizations and other stake holders active in the field of communication and information technology.

Read more at the ATP Events web site.

July 2009

Incyte Director, David Rogerson, has been retained by the World Bank to assist the Liberian Telecommunications Authority in establishing an effective interconnection regime. Liberia faces specific challenges following the civil wars of 1989-2003 and the almost total destruction of its fixed line telecommunications network. In consequence almost all communications are wireless (provided by 4 separate operators) and over 70% of calls are within the capital Monrovia.

A new fixed wireless infrastructure is being constructed by recently launched Libtelco (which acquired the remaining assets of the earlier Liberian Telecommunications Corporation) but it faces a struggle to gain a foothold in a market where average revenue per user is just a few dollars per month and subscriber numbers in Monrovia are flat. Some industry consolidation seems likely, but a fair cost-based interconnection regime is a vital first step to achieving an effective industry structure.

About Liberia

Liberia is Africa's oldest republic, but it became better known in the 1990s for its long-running, ruinous civil war and its role in a rebellion in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Read more on the BBC website..

For more information on the two civil wars 1989-2003 that almost destroyed all of Liberia's fixed line tele- communications network click here.

May 2009

The Australian Government is seeking widespread contributions on the regulatory reform agenda that needs to be addressed to provide a new framework for the NBN in Australia. A paper prepared by David Lewin of Plum and Jim Holmes of Incyte Consulting, outlining ten top issues has now been added to the site. The paper is available for use by visitors to the site however attribution would be appreciated.

Papers and Articles

  Implementing the National Broadband Network in Australia – Regulatory Issues

April 2009

Incyte Consulting Ltd has become a headline sponsor of the Stirling Open Swimming Championships in Scotland. This annual event involves up to 300 swimmers aged 10-14 and has produced several international swimmers and champions over the years.

Here Incyte Directors, David Rogerson and Jim Holmes, can be seen presenting the Incyte Consulting Shield to Stirling Swimming club captains, Genna Doctor and Martin Cremin. The shield will be awarded for the next 15 years to the overall champion in the 14 year-old boys category.

About Stirling Swimming

The Club was established in 1976 and is among Scotland's best having produced many outstanding swimmers over the years. The Club is affiliated to the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association and competes within the West District area. The club trains at the prestigious National Swimming Academy at the University of Stirling.

Visit the Stirling Amateur Swimming Club website.

March 2009

Incyte Consulting, working as part of a consortium led by Sunrise Consultants, advised the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) on its licensing and regulatory strategy.

Tanzania has one of the most open communications environments in the world, and this assignment was charged with developing a regulatory approach to maximize effective competition and economic development in Tanzania.

Following an industry consultation process, the consultants produced comprehensive market forecasts and detailed recommendations on actions to be taken by the TCRA to adapt the licensing and regulatory regimes. The study findings were presented at an industry workshop held in early 2009.


Mobile Licences: how many to grant?

About TCRA

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) is an independent Authority for the Postal, Broadcasting and Electronic communications industries in the United Republic of Tanzania. Its role included licensing and regulating the Postal services, Broadcasting services and Electronic Communications sectors in the United Republic of Tanzania.

Visit the TCRA's website at www.tcra.go.tz


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