Recent Work In Telecommunications & Spectrum

Spectrum Considerations for CanWISP Members at CanWISP Conference Feb 23, 2016

Delivered to CanWISP Members

Produced by Nordicity


Spectrum Auctions

Nordicity has deep expertise in developing and applying software for spectrum auctions including the Combinatorial Clock Auction (CCA) and Simultaneous Multiple-Round Ascending Auction (SMRA) formats.

We have successfully prepared and guided our clients – both bidders and national spectrum regulators through complex auction processes, and have provided full pre-auction and during-the-auction support: strategic consulting, tactical advice and logistical ("war room") support.

Nordicity partnered with Carleton University’s School of Mathematics and Statistics in developing the fully customized simulation tools, which greatly improved the preparation process for the real auction, and allowed for detailed data analysis.

  • In the context of March 2015 Industry Canada 2600MHz auction, Nordicity provided bespoke CCA software to a regional telco as well as a national FWA & satellite communications service provider. For the latter, we also provided strategic advice in preparing scenarios and war room support.
  • In January 2016, Nordicity was selected by the World Bank and Government of Myanmar to conduct a SMRA auction of spectrum in the 2600MHz band.

For more information on how Nordicity can help you with spectrum auctions, please take a look at our auction consulting team and our experience, and at our auction software tools.

Spectrum Valuation, Management and Licensing

Nordicity assists governments and national regulatory agencies (NRAs) in managing their valuable spectrum resources by valuing spectrum licence fees and renewals; by undertaking spectrum audits; and by developing and evaluating different frameworks and policies (e.g. licensing, tower sharing and roaming and multi-lateral spectrum coordination). Nordicity also provides clients with capacity building workshops for training and to ensure knowledge is transferred.

  • In September 2015, Nordicity was selected by Government of Myanmar (World Bank funded) to provide services including developing a spectrum roadmap (strategy), updating the National Table of Frequency Allocations (NTFA), and developing and undertaking the procurement of a monitoring network, among other tasks.

Telecommunications Service Providers

Rapid evolution of technology, platforms and services presents both risks and opportunities for network operators and service providers. Big data, Internet of Things (IoT), network virtualization and wireless-wireline convergence are some of the topics that operators are thinking about - and wondering how these may be affecting their business.

Nordicity helps incumbents and new service providers assess technology and regulatory issues from a business perspective and help maximize operators' value through competitive market entry strategies, innovative business planning, operational process improvements and spectrum acquisition.

  • Over the last 5 years, Nordicity has assisted a wide range of private sector firms such as Columbus Cable Caribbean, Xplornet, WIND, TekSavvy on new technology platforms, migration pathways, introduction of new services and other projects.

Telecommunications Regulatory Frameworks

Nordicity has become a key player in the dynamic telecom regulatory sector, with capacity to integrate regulatory, economic, and technical analysis to win engagements in the eternal battles between new entrants and incumbents – with a series of projects first for several companies (Teksavvy, Netago and NorthWind, Fiberwave) seeking to enhance rural connectivity with funding in part from the Connecting Canadians program.

  • Nordicity provided support to Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) in the 2014 Wireline and Wireless Hearings in technology assessment, evaluation of financial impacts of proposed changes to regulatory regimes as well as reports on key topics such as 'Fibre to the Premises: Technological Feasibility of Providing Wholesale FTTP', 'Implementation of Effective Equalence fo Inputs System for Canada', 'Examination of the Subsitutability of Wireless for Wireline Broadband Connectivity', and 'An examination of the Competitive State of Wireless in Canada'.
  • In the 1st quarter of 2014 and 2nd quarter of 2015, Nordicity assisted the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) and F6 – a dark fibre firm using NB Power facilities - in developing the technical, economic and financial arguments for regulatory hearings with crossover between telecommunications and energy sectors.
  • In December 2015, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) engaged Nordicity to undertake the Communications Services Pricing Comparison Study – a key reference for telecommunications stakeholders.
  • In May 2015, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) re-engaged Nordicity for a 4th mandate for the production of reports on 'Benefits of the Wireless Industry in the Canadian Economy'.

Market Liberalisation

Nordicity provides expertise in the development of frameworks and processes for licensing of new entrants and for increasing market competition. We work with national regulators worldwide (broadcasting, telecommunications and radiocommunications) and with partner organizations across the globe in the development and management of spectrum auctions, proposals for regulatory frameworks and changes, helping to shape domestic and international telecommunications markets for years to come.

  • Among our recent projects with service providers, in 2014 and 2015, Nordicity assisted Columbus Communications Caribbean with technical, marketing, financial and regulatory expertise for the launch of a new cellular company in Trinidad.
  • In December 2015, Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. / Cable & Wireless Communications hired Nordicity to assist the corporation during the market liberalization process in the Bahamas.
Our clients are leading public and private organizations that, with our assistance, have identified and capitalized on current and emerging opportunities:
  • Rogers Communications Inc.
  • Telus
  • Eastlink
  • Explorenet/Barrett
  • Government of Botswana – Bostwana Telecommunications Authority
  • Partner (Orange) Communications Company Ltd. (Israel)
  • SmarTone Mobile Communications Ltd. (Hong Kong)
  • Government of Cyprus - Ministry of Communications and Works
  • Government of Jamaica – Spectrum Management Authority
  • Government of Saudi Arabia - Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission
  • Industry Canada
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