Regulation of spectrum transactions and assessment of competition impacts

Plum, working with London Economics, supported the Telecom Technology Center on a research project for the National Communications Commission (NCC) on the regulation of spectrum-related transactions and the assessment of competition issues associated with these transactions.

Plum provided a series of reports which covering:

1) International developments around spectrum transactions (e.g. trading, leasing, sharing or pooling) and related activities such as merger and acquisition (M&A), operator joint venture and strategic alliances, and the approaches taken by regulatory bodies to assess these activities;

2) proposed frameworks for evaluating different forms of spectrum-related transactions and activities, and remedies to address potential concerns; and

3) evaluation of selected scenarios to illustrate how the frameworks could be applied by the NCC in practice. The research outputs were used to inform the development of an assessment framework for the NCC.