Telefónica Mexico has commissioned Axon Consulting to carry out an independent study to explore the impact that current pricing practices have on the Mexican mobile market, paying particular interest to the discrimination between on-net and off-net calls.

The potential effects and economic rationale of on-net/off-net price discrimination by dominant operators has been widely explored in academic literature. However, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the effects of specific pricing practices and price plans on the consumers and competition have been assessed in a quantitative manner.

Axon Consulting’s report has been appreciated by policymakers and industry specialists. In an article published in the national press on March 17 2014, Senator Gerardo Florez described the study as ‘rigorous and solidly built from a methodological point of view’.

On 24 March, President Peña submitted to the Mexican Senate the much anticipated draft secondary law for Telecoms Reform for its debate and eventual approval. The draft secondary law incorporates a provision forbidding the so-called ‘preponderant’ operator to discriminate between on-net calls and off-net calls.


Axon Consulting has been selected to review existing Costa Rican framework for the universalisation of telecommunication services.

Adding to its increasing list of institutional projects, Axon Partners Groups’ consulting division (Axon Consulting) has been selected to support the Telecoms Regulator in Costa Rica (SUTEL) in shaping the tools for developing telecommunication services in the country. Axon Consulting will advise on SUTEL’s universalisation strategy (via its Universal Service Fund FONATEL) to ensure the accessibility and affordability of telephony and broadband services to as many communities and people as possible.

Axon Consulting will evaluate the digital divide in Costa Rica, review the regulatory framework for Universal Service and Access and support the development of the regulatory and legal tools to impose specific obligations to operators for services’ universalisation. This will support FONATEL’s current strategy of reducing the digital divide through investment in infrastructure and telecommunications services projects (subsidised private initiatives via tendering), which began in 2013. FONATEL has successfully launched several projects, totaling an investment of $71 million, to provide voice and broadband Internet services to certain rural regions covering 500,000 people.

Axon’s work will now enable SUTEL to understand the implications of the digital divide from a strategic and costing perspective and to consider alternatives for the universalisation of services in Costa Rica based on best international practices.

This project places Axon in a strategic position in the development of telecommunication services and their universalisation in Latin America, as well as in the definition of broadband strategy plans. Recently, as part of the ‘Broadband for all’ initiative, Axon Consulting has assessed the financial implications of including broadband access within the scope of Universal Service Obligations on behalf of the European Commission. Furthermore, Axon Consulting is a leading contributor to this type of public policies and regulations in Europe; Axon has revised and developed the methodologies for determining the Net Cost of the Universal Service in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy.

For more information, click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to contact our LatAm telecommunications experts.


El Organismo Regulador de las telecomunicaciones de Jamaica, la Oficina de Regulación de Servicios Públicos (OUR), ha publicado el proyecto de metodología para el cálculo de tarifas de interconexión fija, con el apoyo de Axon Consulting.
A lo largo del documento, la OUR propone una solución que tendría en cuenta la potencial fusión entre LIME (el titular) y FLOW (un operador de cable). No es frecuente que un titular se fusione con otro operador de esta manera, lo que proporciona a Axon conocimientos únicos en el análisis de los mercados de telecomunicaciones para los reguladores y los operadores.
Esto es un hito clave en la regulación de Jamaica. El resultado de la metodología afectará a los pagos para la interconexión entre operadores y probablemente tendrá un efecto directo en los precios finales pagados por los suscriptores. Axon Consulting apoyará a la OUR en la implementación de la metodología descrita en el documento en un último modelo BULRIC (Bottom UP LRIC).
 

El 7 de noviembre el Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones de México aprobó una decisión en la que se establecían las condiciones de las Ofertas de Referencia que Telmex (titular de la línea fija) y Telcel (la filial de América Móviles y el mayor operador móvil del país) publicarán antes del 21 de noviembre de 2014.
La petición incluye Ofertas para MVNO, Roaming Nacional, Líneas Arrendadas e infraestructuras compartidas para redes fijas y móviles. Esta decisión sigue la histórica determinación adoptada en marzo de 2014 por Ifetel en la que se imponía un gran número de medidas a los denominados operadores “dominantes” en México.
La publicación de las ofertas de referencia para estos servicios se entiende que marca un importante hito en el sector en México y representa un paso clave en la apertura de las redes de operadores dominantes a los competidores. 
La experiencia internacional sugiere que los servicios mayoristas, que estarán ahora disponibles, pueden traer nuevos competidores a los mercados y facilitar la expansión de la red y la ampliación de operadores más pequeños.
La división de Axon Consulting actuó como asesor de IFETEL durante este proceso.
 

Para leer la nota de prensa, haz clic aquí.


The Jamaican telecoms Regulator, the Office of Utilities Regulation (the OUR), has published the draft methodology for the calculation of fixed interconnection rates, with the support of Axon Consulting.

Within the document, the OUR proposes a solution that would take into account the potential merger between LIME (the incumbent) and FLOW (a cable operator). It is uncommon for an incumbent to merge with another operator in this way, which provides Axon with further unique expertise in analysing telecommunication markets for regulators and operators.

This is a key milestone in Jamaican regulation. The outcome of the methodology will affect the payments for interconnection between operators and will most likely have a direct effect on the final prices paid by subscribers. Axon Consulting will support the OUR to implement the methodology outlined in the document in a state of the art Bottom Up LRIC model (BULRIC).

Click here to download the consultation document (sections 6.21 and 6.22 refer to the merger).


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