The electronic communications sector is a vast and complex sector encompassing the physical infrastructure and all the service layers building on that physical infrastructure. These include Data link physical addressing, Network Path determination and logical addressing, Transport and reliability and flow control, Interhost session management, Presentation (Data representation, encryption, decryption and conversion), and Application processes.

The electronic communications infrastructure, which includes the foregoing elements, all of which depend on lower-layer elements to function effectively, was traditionally split into the fixed, mobile, television, and Internet service provision areas.  With the continued advancements in the technologies underlying these traditionally siloed services, we have seen increasing convergence and unification and the platforms on which they depend for their delivery. Indeed, today it no longer makes sense to speak of fixed, mobile, television, and Internet service provision distinctly or in isolation.

This scenario, coupled with the fundamental changes in the consumption patterns of these services has brought about profound implications on the business, micro and macro sector policy aspects of this industry.

The socio-political issue of the digital divide remains an issue, while the shift towards high speed next generation networks (NGNs) and pervasive wireless connectivity has implications on network access regulation, investment appraisals and the fine balance that needs to be struck between the competing objectives of fostering infrastructural investment, promoting socially-beneficial competition and ensuring the provision of a resilient service of a reliable quality.

Our Electronic Communications practice has advised international clients on business, policy, regulatory and network architecture aspects since its very inception. Our areas of expertise in this area cover:

  • Communications on mobile vessels and aircraft
  • Convergence and terms and conditions amendments
  • Dispute resolution
  • Drafting and implementation of legal frameworks for electronic communications, electronic communication applications and related issues
  • Drafting of consultation papers
  • Drafting of responses to consultation
  • Ex ante and ex post competition and antitrust matters
  • Infrastructure sharing
  • International connectivity
  • Legal and regulatory issues with mobile virtual network operators/enablers (MVNOs)
  • Legal interception
  • Licensing and notifications
  • Next generation access
  • Numbering and number portability
  • Rights of way, in-house wiring and Universal Service Obligations (USO)
  • Advice on standards-compliant postal sampling
  • Business process re-engineering
  • Ex post and ex ante regulatory design
  • Market analyses
  • Network cost modelling (of the bottom-up;top-down or hybrid type)
  • Regulatory policy and competition policy advice
  • Spectrum management and auction design
  • Tariffing, service pricing and bundling
  • Technology roadmaps and adoption plans for the unification and efficient delivery of electronic communications services
  • The development of investment models for specific projects
  • The estimation of optimal network access and interconnection charges
  • The provision of business strategy and network architecture advice
  • Activity-Based Costing
  • Business Planning & Strategy Formulation
  • Business Process Re-Engineering & Optimisation
  • Corporate Strategy & Governance
  • Cost Minimisation
  • Design of Compensation & Performance Appraisal Systems
  • Executive Training
  • Historical Cost Accounting
  • Market Intelligence & Competitor Alert Services
  • Market Research & Industrial Surveying
  • Personality & Cognitive Ability Testing for Recruitment
  • Personality Profiling
  • Pricing Waterfall Analysis & Bottom-Line Impact Assessments
  • Process Optimisation & Consolidation
  • Procurement Assistance Services (ITTs, RFPs, EOIs & Bids for Tenders)
  • Project Strategy, Design, Appraisals, Management & Evaluations
  • Regulatory Accounting
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Regulatory Liability Limitation
  • Staff Exposure Audits
  • Staff Satisfaction Surveys & Retention Recommendations
  • Statistical Analyses & Results Interpretation
  • Training Needs Assessments
  • Billing Systems
  • Broadband, & Internet Service Provision
  • Capacity Procurement (STM 16, 32 & 64) & Load Balancing
  • Cloud Computing, Data Centre Services and SaaS platforms
  • Core Network Services
  • DWDM
  • E-Line Services
  • Enterprise IT Networks
  • EPOS over PSTN & over the Cloud
  • Fixed-Mobile Convergence
  • GPON, Fttc, Fttb, Ftth
  • GSM/UMTS
  • HSDPA / HSUPA
  • Location Registers
  • LTE, BWA, WiMax & Backhauling
  • Metro Ethernet
  • Microwave Links
  • Mobile Data & Value Added Services & Service Delivery
  • MVNOs & MVNE operations
  • Network Resiliency
  • Network Security
  • NGNs & NGMNs
  • NOC activities
  • Numbering & Number Porting
  • Quad-Play Integration Technologies
  • Radio Network Planning
  • RF & Spectrum Optimisation
  • Satellite Communications
  • Soft Switching & VOIP
  • Traffic Transit
  • Transition to IPv6
  • Transparent LAN Services

For more information about our Electronic Communications services, please contact us here.