Public Policy and Regulation

Axon works in industries in which regulation plays a substantial role, influencing the competitive landscape, the viability of business models and the pace of innovation.

Public Policy and Regulation

ICT laws, policy and regulations

Sectors

TMT

Broadcasting

Postal

What do we offer

1. End-to-end support in the definition and drafting of the whole legislative/regulatory process for traditional and emerging ICT services

2. Support in reviewing and updating current regulatory frameworks and legislations

3. Support in implementing and monitoring regulatory frameworks and policies

4. Benchmark and gap analysis to identify potential initiatives at policy, regulatory and strategy level 

Examples of recent assignments

1. Support to the ICT Regulator of a Middle East country in the definition of regulatory regime for Cloud Computing services

2. Support to the EC in the definition and promotion of policy initiatives targeting the development of 5G/IoT services in Europe

3. Support to the Ministry of ICT of a Middle East country in the identification of potential policy initiatives covering telecoms, traditional and emerging IT services

4. Definition of digital and broadband Agendas for several Latin American countries, including a cost/benefit assessment

ICT laws, policy and regulations

Sectors

TMT

Broadcasting

Postal

What do we offer

1. End-to-end support in the definition and drafting of the whole legislative/regulatory process for traditional and emerging ICT services

2. Support in reviewing and updating current regulatory frameworks and legislations

3. Support in implementing and monitoring regulatory frameworks and policies

4. Benchmark and gap analysis to identify potential initiatives at policy, regulatory and strategy level 

Examples of recent assignments

1. Support to the ICT Regulator of a Middle East country in the definition of regulatory regime for Cloud Computing services

2. Support to the EC in the definition and promotion of policy initiatives targeting the development of 5G/IoT services in Europe

3. Support to the Ministry of ICT of a Middle East country in the identification of potential policy initiatives covering telecoms, traditional and emerging IT services

4. Definition of digital and broadband Agendas for several Latin American countries, including a cost/benefit assessment

Market and Competition Analysis

Sectors

TMT

Broadcasting

Postal

What do we offer

1. Assessing the structure and competitive dynamics in economic markets in the electronic communications and postal Industries

2. Identification of Significant Market Power players and the most appropriate remedies to impose in markets which lack effective competition

3. Support Regulators in the segmentation of telecoms, broadcasting and postal sectors in order to define relevant markets subject to ex ante regulation

Examples of recent assignments

1. Market analysis of the telecom sector of a Middle East Country, covering market definition, analysis and identification of remedies.

2. Development and implementation of the transition of the telecoms sector of a Latin-American country from the current dominance regime to one based on economic markets and applicability of competition Law

3. Support to a large European Postal services provider during and after a market analysis process

4. Regulatory support to a multinational telecoms operator in the discussion with the NRA to redefine the National Broadband Plan in order to assure competition in the broadband markets

Market and Competition Analysis

Sectors

TMT

Broadcasting

Postal

What do we offer

1. Assessing the structure and competitive dynamics in economic markets in the electronic communications and postal Industries

2. Identification of Significant Market Power players and the most appropriate remedies to impose in markets which lack effective competition

3. Support Regulators in the segmentation of telecoms, broadcasting and postal sectors in order to define relevant markets subject to ex ante regulation

Examples of recent assignments

1. Market analysis of the telecom sector of a Middle East Country, covering market definition, analysis and identification of remedies.

2. Development and implementation of the transition of the telecoms sector of a Latin-American country from the current dominance regime to one based on economic markets and applicability of competition Law

3. Support to a large European Postal services provider during and after a market analysis process

4. Regulatory support to a multinational telecoms operator in the discussion with the NRA to redefine the National Broadband Plan in order to assure competition in the broadband markets

Cost Modelling

Sectors

TMT

Broadcasting

Postal

What do we offer

1. Successfully proved definition, development and implementation of Top Down, Bottom Up and Hybrid technoeconomical models (BU-LRIC, TD LRIC, TD FDC, BU-LRIC+, SAC, etc.) for the definition of wholesale regulated charges

2. Constant support in understanding all the steps to develop these models, including the price setting, through know-how transfer sessions from the very beginning and presentation of best international practices

3. Sensitivity analysis modules to better understand the implications of potential scenarios/changes in the market

4. Stand-alone software, not requiring lengthy & expensive processes to be implemented in current systems

Examples of recent assignments

1. Development and implementation on behalf of the EC of both fixed and mobile network BU-LRIC models to set the mobile and fixed voice terminating rates in 31 EU/EEA countries

2. Definition, development and implementation of a Top Down dual LRAIC and SAC cost model on behalf of a European Postal Operator to determine the unitary costs of their services paying special attention to the bulk mail pricing

3. Definition, development and implementation of a Hybrid cost model on behalf of Latin-American Regulator to calculate the wholesale regulated tariffs of the incumbent broadcasting service provider

4. Definition and development of a BU-LRIC Model for a Middle East and Africa Telecom ICT Provider and its implementation in several subsidiaries in different countries

Cost Modelling

Sectors

TMT

Broadcasting

Postal

What do we offer

1. Successfully proved definition, development and implementation of Top Down, Bottom Up and Hybrid technoeconomical models (BU-LRIC, TD LRIC, TD FDC, BU-LRIC+, SAC, etc.) for the definition of wholesale regulated charges

2. Constant support in understanding all the steps to develop these models, including the price setting, through know-how transfer sessions from the very beginning and presentation of best international practices

3. Sensitivity analysis modules to better understand the implications of potential scenarios/changes in the market

4. Stand-alone software, not requiring lengthy & expensive processes to be implemented in current systems

Examples of recent assignments

1. Development and implementation on behalf of the EC of both fixed and mobile network BU-LRIC models to set the mobile and fixed voice terminating rates in 31 EU/EEA countries

2. Definition, development and implementation of a Top Down dual LRAIC and SAC cost model on behalf of a European Postal Operator to determine the unitary costs of their services paying special attention to the bulk mail pricing

3. Definition, development and implementation of a Hybrid cost model on behalf of Latin-American Regulator to calculate the wholesale regulated tariffs of the incumbent broadcasting service provider

4. Definition and development of a BU-LRIC Model for a Middle East and Africa Telecom ICT Provider and its implementation in several subsidiaries in different countries

Regulatory Accounting

Sectors

TMT

Broadcasting

Postal

Energy

What do we offer

1. Reviewing/auditing the regulatory cost accounts on behalf of Regulators or operators

2. Developing and/or reviewing asset valuation exercises

3. Definition of regulatory accounting guidelines and methodology for Regulators

4. Successfully proved definition, development and implementation of Regulatory Accounting systems

Examples of recent assignments

1. Review/audit of the Cost Accounting Systems of the fixed and mobile operators in a European country for several years in a row

2. Review/audit of the Cost Accounting System of the postal operator in a European country

3. Definition, development and implementation of a Accounting Separation System for two Latin-American subsidiaries of a world-wide ICT provider and support during the presentation of results to the regulator

4. Definition and drafting of the regulatory accounting rules, guidelines and methodology for a Middle East regulator

Regulatory Accounting

Sectors

TMT

Broadcasting

Postal

What do we offer

1. Reviewing/auditing the regulatory cost accounts on behalf of Regulators or operators

2. Developing and/or reviewing asset valuation exercises

3. Definition of regulatory accounting guidelines and methodology for Regulators

4. Successfully proved definition, development and implementation of Regulatory Accounting systems

Examples of recent assignments

1. Review/audit of the Cost Accounting Systems of the fixed and mobile operators in a European country for several years in a row

2. Review/audit of the Cost Accounting System of the postal operator in a European country

3. Definition, development and implementation of a Accounting Separation System for two Latin-American subsidiaries of a world-wide ICT provider and support during the presentation of results to the regulator

4. Definition and drafting of the regulatory accounting rules, guidelines and methodology for a Middle East regulator

Universal Service

Sectors

TMT

Postal

What do we offer

1. Definition and review of methodologies related to the definition of the Universal Service and setting the calculation of the Net Cost (NCUS)

2. In depth understanding of the economics of Universal Service provision as well as its impact on the market and consumers, identifying the specific areas which should be covered by Universal Service Funds

3. Proprietary techno-economic models for determining the net cost of Universal Service provision under different scenarios

4. Support in the definition and drafting of the Universal Service laws, policies and regulations

Examples of recent assignments

1. Review/audit of the results and calculations of the Net Cost of the Universal Service presented by a European Telco for several years in a row

2. Support to the EC in assessing the Net Cost of introducing fixed broadband as a Universal Service Obligation (USO) within the EEA Member States

3. Definition, development and implementation of the postal NCUS techno-economic model on behalf of a European NRA

4. Prioritisation of the Universal Service Fund actions for a Latin-American country

Universal Service

Sectors

TMT

Postal

What do we offer

1. Definition and review of methodologies related to the definition of the Universal Service and setting the calculation of the Net Cost (NCUS)

2. In depth understanding of the economics of Universal Service provision as well as its impact on the market and consumers, identifying the specific areas which should be covered by Universal Service Funds

3. Proprietary techno-economic models for determining the net cost of Universal Service provision under different scenarios

4. Support in the definition and drafting of the Universal Service laws, policies and regulations

Examples of recent assignments

1. Review/audit of the results and calculations of the Net Cost of the Universal Service presented by a European Telco for several years in a row

2. Support to the EC in assessing the Net Cost of introducing fixed broadband as a Universal Service Obligation (USO) within the EEA Member States

3. Definition, development and implementation of the postal NCUS techno-economic model on behalf of a European NRA

4. Prioritisation of the Universal Service Fund actions for a Latin-American country

Margin and Price Squeeze

Sectors

TMT

Broadcasting

Postal

What do we offer

1. Proprietary techno-economic models to evaluate the existence of margin and/or price squeeze cases

2. Definition of margin squeeze guidelines and methodologies for NRAs

3. Support in the preparation of robust, sound and fact-based responses/arguments to margin and/or price squeeze allegations

Examples of recent assignments

1. Drafting of the margin squeeze guidelines and defining the Replicability Test methodology on behalf of a European NRA

2. Preparation of a Replicability Tool for a world-wide ICT provider to support arguments in a legal process

3. Preparation of a study on behalf of a European postal operator to define the best approach for setting retail postal prices for both individual and corporate customers

4. Assessment of the methodology used by a European broadcasting service provider to analyse the replicability of retail tariffs to detect potential price squeeze practices.

Margin and Price Squeeze

TMT

Broadcasting

Postal

What do we offer

1. Proprietary techno-economic models to evaluate the existence of margin and/or price squeeze cases

2. Definition of margin squeeze guidelines and methodologies for NRAs

3. Support in the preparation of robust, sound and fact-based responses/arguments to margin and/or price squeeze allegations

Examples of recent assignments

1. Drafting of the margin squeeze guidelines and defining the Replicability Test methodology on behalf of a European NRA

2. Preparation of a Replicability Tool for a world-wide ICT provider to support arguments in a legal process

3. Preparation of a study on behalf of a European postal operator to define the best approach for setting retail postal prices for both individual and corporate customers

4. Assessment of the methodology used by a European broadcasting service provider to analyse the replicability of retail tariffs to detect potential price squeeze practices.