Communications, media & payment systems
Communications, media and payment systems have undergone rapid transformation to meet the demands of modern society. These sectors underpin much of the global population’s day-to-day activity including personal and business communication, the supply chain, leisure and entertainment and enabling financial transactions.
CEPA’s expertise in public policy, competition and regulation spans across communications of all types, whether it be: the delivery of a letter, parcel or email; telecoms; the internet and digital networks; publishing; broadcasting; and the messaging infrastructure that underpins payments.
We help decision-makers facing a rapidly-evolving commercial environment through the application of established techniques, robust analysis and critical thought. We have advised large incumbents to start-up companies, as well as regulators, competition authorities and research organisations.
Digitalisation is a cross-sectoral theme which is impacting all markets. CEPA's work on this emerging topic ensures we are at the forefront of understanding and analysing this rapidly changing area, enabling us to help navigate public and private clients through this new environment.
Our work in this area includes perfect price discrimination in retail markets, using 'big data' to determine price elasticity and other consumer characteristics and the growing use of peer-to-peer arrangements in markets.
Our expertise in network infrastructure, supporting regulators, commercial operators and consumer groups...
We support organisations with the regulation and operation of payment system infrastructure. ...
The key contacts for our Communications, media & payment systems practice are...
To talk to someone about our experience in this sector, please call either +44 (0)20 7269 0210 for the UK, or +61 2 9006 1308 for Australia.View our entire Communications, media & payment systems team
Communications, media & payment systems News & insights
Using reverse auctions for allocating public subsidies to promote mobile broadband coverage
Following the completion of its usual peer review process, The World Bank has published CEPA's report about the use of reverse auctions in the telecommunications sector.
CEPA supports water, regulatory finance and global health practices with promotions to its partnership
Join us in congratulating Tom Cochrane and Kaveri Kumar on their recent promotions to the firm’s partnership. They join CEPA’s existing global Partners to lead a growing team of more than 50 economic, public and financial policy consulting experts.
We are recruiting two regulatory economists
We are seeking two exceptional individuals to join our London office as a Consultant and a Senior Consultant, to support our work across regulatory economics.
We are recruiting a Managing Consultant in cost assessment
We are seeking an outstanding individual to join our London office as a Managing Consultant, supporting our work in cost assessment across regulated sectors.
Sub-Saharan Africa, Agenda 2063, digital connectivity and gender: bridging digital gaps
We explore where Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) stands today in regard of digital connectivity and highlight digital gaps, in particular the gender digital divide.
Assessment of competition issues in the telecoms sector is reaffirmed by Australian Competition Tribunal
CEPA’s advice to Australian communications provider Optus, highlighting the adverse impacts of a merger transaction between its two competitors, has been supported by the Australian Competition Tribunal.
Reputation acknowledged by ranking recognition
CEPA thanks those clients, industry leaders, associates and future economists for the feedback they provided to Consultancy.uk, resulting in the firm’s high-level, 2023 ranking as one of the “Top Economics consulting firms in the UK”.
Dr Darryl Biggar appointed to bolster CEPA Australia’s practice
CEPA is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Darryl Biggar as a senior advisor in its Australian practice.
LSE students present findings about biodiversity policy
We are pleased to have supported another cohort of students undertaking the Capstone Course at the London School of Economics (LSE).
Spectrum auctions: mmWave frequencies for 5G mobile
Regulators and governments around the world are opening up mmWave spectrum to further develop 5G mobile services. We look at market developments in mmWave bands across the world and describe some of the licence award approaches.
CEPA has again been recognised as one of the UK’s leading management consultants
We are grateful for the continued positive feedback from the market, which has led to CEPA retaining its position in the Financial Times' ratings.
Competition issues in telecoms and related markets
Read our briefing note that examines issues in competition economics and law and how these affect market structure, firm behaviour, sharing agreements and mergers.
Spectrum auctions: thirty years in the making
Spectrum auctions are of strategic importance. Over the last three decades, hundreds of spectrum auctions have taken place worldwide and billions of dollars have been spent.
Our report about using reverse auctions for allocating public subsidies to promote mobile broadband coverage is presented to government
Dr Chris Doyle, CEPA's Head of Telecoms, has presented the findings of our latest communications sector report, commissioned by The World Bank, to Tanzanian government officials.
In the news: CEPA’s assessment of telecoms deal reaches the headlines
Our work is featured by iTnews and the author of the Expert Report, Dr Chris Doyle, CEPA's Head of Telecoms, is quoted for the independent analysis’ dissenting findings, drawn from the economic evidence.
The potential impacts of a partial merger between two of the three Australian mobile telecommunications market operators
Optus has commissioned CEPA to assess the competition impacts of an application to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for merger authorisation between Telstra Corporation Limited and TPG Telecom.
Expert from Ofcom appointed to bolster CEPA’s advisory services for the communications sector
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Chris Doyle as a senior advisor to our communications, media and payment systems practice. Dr Doyle will commence working with CEPA on 1 March 2022.
CEPA recognised as one of the UK’s leading management consultants
Following another year of providing high-quality advice to our clients across our core sectors, we are grateful for the positive feedback from the market, which has led to CEPA’s inclusion in the Financial Times’ independent ratings report.
The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) publishes its report on the card-acquiring market
Card-acquiring services enable merchants to accept card payments. We supported the PSR with its market review and have advised about a range of other payment systems policies.
Decisions made on the regulation of fibre service providers in New Zealand
The New Zealand Commerce Commission has published its first set of final decisions on the regulation of fibre service providers.
Considerations for UK regulators setting the value of debt beta
UK Regulators Network publish a CEPA report on approaches to debt beta estimation and the link between debt beta and gearing levels.
How to regulate fibre service providers
The New Zealand Commerce Commission published its emerging views on regulating the fibre service providers.
The impacts of digitalisation on the energy market
CEPA has been pleased to support a London School of Economics ‘Capstone’ project to explore impacts of digitalisation on the energy market.
Cybersecurity in the energy sector: what does it mean for network regulation?
Read our briefing note to learn more about what the key issues might be in the next RIIO price controls.
What should regulators make of big data?
In almost every market one can think of, people are talking about the application of big data analytics and machine learning. Energy and other utilities are no different.
Expert advice on cost of capital issues in the telecoms sector
We provided expert advice to Ofcom on cost of capital issues in the telecoms sector.
Open Access funding for publication system in Switzerland
CEPA was asked by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to recommend a funding model that would allow for a complete transition to an Open Access (OA) publication system in Switzerland by 2020-2024.
Financing the Universal Postal Service
We have helped Ofcom (and previously Postcomm) think through how best to ensure that Royal Mail is able to deliver the Universal Service in a financially sustainable manner.
Review of Leased Lines Charge Review Model
CEPA were asked by Ofcom to carry out a review of its 2016 Leased Lines Charge Control modelling developed for the purpose of setting charge controls for the three years from 2016/17 to 2018/19.
Support to higher education institutions during negotiations with publishers of academic journals
CEPA provided support to the JISC Collections to help them conduct negotiations on behalf of the UK's higher education institutions.
Modelling the economics of academic publishing for the Publishing Research Consortium
CEPA was commissioned for a study on the economics of academic publishing.
Review of Digital Terrestrial Television decision for TV3
CEPA advised privately owned television channel TV3 on competition issues related to transmission charges for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT)...
Review of financial models for Postcomm
Postcomm asked CEPA to review two of its financial models, to improve their robustness and confidence in their results. One of the models was to be published, making it particularly important that the model was well-designed and reliable.