Next generation wholesale leased circuits cost model

The Taiwanese regulator NCC has taken a decision to adopt a cost-oriented approach for the regulation of next generation wholesale leased line services. To support the NCC in deriving appropriate wholesale prices for these services, Plum was commissioned to build a bottom-up long run incremental cost (LRIC) model. Plum, working alongside the Telecom Technology Center,[…]

A Taxing Problem – the impact of tax on small businesses

Following our previous reports on the total cost of administration to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and the impact of late payments, this study examines the issue of taxation on SMEs. For many new and small companies, profit margins can be very low, particularly when the cost of finance and building up stock is taken[…]

Commercial and economic impacts from IPR policy changes

Plum has recently completed a detailed report assessing the commercial and economic impacts that could result from important policy changes affecting use of intellectual property in technical standards. These changes were, rather contentiously, adopted by the US based IEEE organisation in 2015, following support from the US Department of Justice. Our report reviews intensive industry[…]

Global momentum and economic impact of the 1.4/1.5 GHz band for IMT

This study for the GSMA demonstrates the gathering global momentum around adoption of 1.4/1.5 GHz band for IMT services in the run up to WRC-15.  The 1.4/1.5 GHz band is of value to IMT services because it provides much needed capacity to support traffic growth and has propagation characteristics that support better rural and in-building[…]

Terrestrial broadcasting and spectrum use in the Arab states

In order to identify where spectrum in the UHF bands could be made available for mobile broadband, Plum surveyed the television broadcasting markets across the Middle East and calculated how a move to digital television could free up significant amounts of spectrum in the sub-800MHz bands.  Starting with the assumption that the number of channels[…]

The internet – the new helping the old

Plum prepared a study on the value of the internet and how the new (the internet) is helping the old (the rest of the economy) for CCIA and EdiMA. The study examined the impact of the internet on many diverse sectors, including media and communications. The study was presented at a Brussels launch event.

All About That App

Plum prepared a study for a Fortune 500 consumer electronics, software and online services company on the app economy in Europe. The study estimated the size of the app economy, but also explored the (much greater) impact of apps use throughout the economy, estimating the benefits of app use in the transport, energy and health[…]

The impact of mobile broadband in Egypt

Plum carried out a study into the social, cultural and economic benefits that would be expected if the government of Egypt released sufficient spectrum to mobile operators in order to overcome short-term and medium-term capacity constraints.  The study built a model of the market with and without the spectrum, and looked at the impact on[…]

Impact assessment of re-auction of 2.1 GHz spectrum in Hong Kong

In March and December 2012 OFCA published consultations on the arrangements to award spectrum in the 1.9 to 2.2 GHz band (2.1 GHz spectrum) when licences for existing assignments expire in October 2016. Plum was commissioned to assess the nature and scale of disruption including the cost impacts of OFCA’s proposal.

The economic and social benefits of 3G in Pakistan

Plum prepared a report for Qualcomm that appraised the economic and social benefits of releasing 2.1GHz spectrum for 3G services in Pakistan.  The report quantifies the economic benefits, in terms of a GDP impact and revenues raised from the auction of spectrum, and discusses the considerable social benefits from use of 3G services to enhance[…]