Plum Insight: Vorsprung durch Econometrics – what drives spectrum value?

Radiospectrum is a vital input in the provision of mobile services. Additional spectrum enhances the coverage and capacity of mobile networks, enabling them to meet the ever-growing demand for mobile data. Yet attaching an appropriate value to spectrum is a perennial problem for regulators and operators – regulators must decide how to allocate spectrum and[…]

Plum Insight: Achieving high quality universal broadband in Europe

High quality broadband connectivity for all is central to the European Union’s Digital Single Market objectives. Yet the concept of high quality universal broadband and its relationship to a universal service obligation which includes broadband is ill-defined. In this Insight we set out an economically rational approach for defining and funding universal broadband. This highlights[…]

A policy toolkit for the app economy

Information and communications technology has made substantial contributions to productivity growth, and productivity growth is the only sustainable source of income and leisure growth. The smartphone’s ubiquity and growth in apps means that mobile devices are now the key enablers of this economic and social progress. Europe has done well in terms of mobile-apps. It[…]

Would you like Wi-Fi with that? The behavioural economics of bundles

Bundling in telecommunications retail markets is growing, with nearly two thirds of households now purchasing a form of bundle in the UK. Consumer demand is driven by rational and consistent maximisation of personal benefit, and the idiosyncratic psychological ways people actually make decisions. Behavioural economics is the study of economic decision making in the light of[…]

Plum Insight: The implications of Brexit for telecommunications markets

The date for the referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union has been set. Companies within the telecoms sector, their boards and customers are all likely to be impacted if Britain was to exit – Brexit. Here we provide a short overview of the possible legal and regulatory implications for the telecoms[…]

PPDR transformation centre

Plum was part of a consortium examining all aspects of Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) systems under European research programme FP7. Plum was involved in the development of the reference usage scenarios with the aim of identifying the typical current and anticipated future operational scenarios faced by PPDR operatives and the related communications needs,[…]

Regulating for Quality of Service in Egypt

Quality of service is one the key metrics by which a mobile service is measured. Improving the quality of service that consumers experience is rightly important for Egyptian policymakers and regulators. Plum’s report, commissioned by the GSMA, explored how quality of service could be improved on Egyptian mobile networks to the benefit of consumers. International[…]