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Published reports

The vast majority of Aetha's work remains confidential to our clients. However, occasionally our reports are published by our clients. This includes, for example, policy studies for regulators or reports we have written on behalf of clients which subsequently form part of their response to regulatory consultations.

Examples of reports prepared by Aetha that are in the public domain include:

2016

Report on on linkages between the 700MHz, 1452-1492MHz and 2100MHz bands in the Netherlands
Clients:
Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
Date:
December 2016
Description:
The Ministry is in the process of developing its plans for the award of spectrum in these three bands and sought to understand the optimum timing and conditions for the award of the spectrum, prior to undertaking a consultation on its initial proposals. In our report we assessed the strengths of linkages between the three bands in order to ascertain whether the spectrum should be awarded through one combined auction or two (or more) separate auction processes. We made recommendations on the packaging of spectrum in each of the bands and highlighted other associated issues raised by stakeholders that the Ministry should consider (for example, in relation to topics such as auction complexity, coverage obligations and contiguity of spectrum holdings in the 2100MHz band).
Tags:
Spectrum Regulation

2014

Report on the future use of the of the 470–694MHz band in the EU
Clients:
Abertis, Arqiva, BBC, BNE, EBU and TDF
Date:
October 2014
Description:
The World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015 (WRC–15) will consider the award of co primary status to mobile in the 470–694MHz band in Region 1. A consortium of Abertis, Arqiva, BBC, BNE, EBU and TDF therefore requested Aetha to consider the economic benefits that would arise across the EU’s 28 Member States from mobile gaining access to the 470–694MHz band, compared to continued use for DTT and other existing uses. In our report we calculated the incremental costs and benefits if DTT transmissions were to cease and consumers migrated to alternative platforms (e.g. satellite) compared to continued use of the spectrum for DTT. We then considered the impacts on the DTT platform if a co-primary allocation were granted to mobile in this spectrum.
Tags:
Spectrum Regulation
Report on annual licence fees for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum
Clients:
Three and EE, UK
Date:
September 2014
Description:
On behalf of Three UK and EE, Aetha developed a report in response to Ofcom’s second consultation regarding annual licence fees for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum (as part of a joint project with Analysys Mason Ltd). We critiqued the revised approach taken by Ofcom when conducting international benchmarking of spectrum values, before then providing our estimate of reasonable levels for the fees. The findings of our work formed a key input into our client’s consultation response. Our report was published by our clients as part of their response to Ofcom’s consultation and is available on Ofcom’s website.
Tags:
Spectrum Regulation
Report for Three UK and EE on Ofcom's benchmarking on the value of 1800MHz spectrum
Clients:
Three and EE, UK
Date:
January 2014
Description:
On behalf of Three UK and EE, Aetha carried out a detailed assessment of the licence fees for 1800MHz spectrum which were determined by Ofcom (as part of a joint project with Analysys Mason Ltd). Our analysis assessed the economic arguments used by Ofcom in its approach to setting (relative) spectrum fees and compared the resulting price levels to international benchmarks. The findings of our work formed a key input into our client’s consultation response on the matter of annual licence fees for 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum.
The document was published by our clients as part of their response to Ofcom's consultation and is available on Ofcom's website.
Tags:
Spectrum Regulation

2013

Evaluation of the value of the digital dividend for mobile broadband in Egypt for the GSMA
Client:
GSM Association, Egypt
Date:
August 2013
Description:
Aetha was contracted by the GSM Association to undertake an assessment of the value of making digital dividend spectrum available for mobile broadband services in Egypt. A copy of the report is available for download here.
Tags:
Spectrum
Report for the BBC and Channel 4 on pricing for broadcasting spectrum
Clients:
BBC and Channel 4, UK
Date:
May 2013
Description:
Aetha assisted the BBC and Channel 4 in the development of their response to Ofcom's consultation regarding the pricing of terrestrial broadcast spectrum. The study considered the approach suggested by Ofcom to charge Administrative Incentive Pricing (AIP) to spectrum currently used for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT). Within the report, we provided clear economic arguments against such an application in the short term, taking into account the specific constraints faced by the broadcasting sector.
Tags:
Spectrum Regulation
Report for the Belgian Institute for Postal services and Telecommunications (BIPT) on the economic value of the 800MHz band
Client:
BIPT, Belgium
Date:
February 2013
Description:
Aetha analysed the economic value of a use of the 800MHz band (790-862MHz) in Belgium for mobile and broadcasting services for the national regulator BIPT. The study considered the incremental welfare benefits (consumer and producer surplus) which could be realised from an allocation of the band to either service. The study was prepared to aid in discussions between broadcasting and mobile stakeholders around the potential compensation measures to the broadcasting sector for vacating the frequency band.
Tags:
Spectrum Regulation

2012

Report for the Belgian Institute for Postal services and Telecommunications (BIPT) on the licence conditions and award process for the 800MHz band
Client:
BIPT, Belgium
Date:
November 2012
Description:
Aetha developed, together with NERA Economic Consulting, a set of recommendations to the BIPT on how to award the 800MHz band to mobile operators in Belgium. The study considered in detail which licence conditions, auction format and reserve price level would be most appropriate given the specific characteristics of the Belgian mobile market.
Tags:
Spectrum Regulation
Report for Ofcom on the value of 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum
Client:
Ofcom, UK
Date:
July 2012
Description:
Ahead of the 2013 multi-band UK spectrum auction, Aetha analysed the value of 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum in a joint project with DotEcon Ltd for Ofcom. Based on a detailed multi-band bottom-up spectrum valuation model, we estimated the incremental value to UK mobile operators generated through acquiring additional spectrum. Our work was used by Ofcom in determining the minimum (reserve) prices charged to successful bidders for the available spectrum.
Tags:
Spectrum Regulation
Report for Telefonica Mexico on interconnection cost asymmetry
Client:
Telefónica, Mexico
Date:
May 2012
Description:
Aetha supported Telefónica Mexico in the development of its response to a consultation by the national regulator (Cofetel) on LRIC costing models for mobile and fixed wholesale services, and in the subsequent litigation in this regard. As part of the first phase of the work, Aetha prepared a report on benchmarking and asymmetry in interconnection tariffs.
Tags:
Regulation

2011

Case studies for the award of the 700MHz/800MHz band
Client:
GSM Association
Date:
November 2011
Description:
Aetha developed a number of five digital dividend case studies for the GSM Association. The case studies documented how the assessed countries (Australia, Finland, Germany, Mexico and the UK) freed up 700MHz and 800MHz spectrum as the result of the transition from analogue to terrestrial broadcasting, i.e. how they created the 'digital dividend'. In particular, the case studies focused on which obstacles were faced by the different countries and how these obstacles were overcome.
An overview of the report as well as the Mexican case study are available for download on the GSMA's website.
Tags:
Spectrum

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