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.
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
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.
Opportunities to join the CEPA team in Australia
CEPA Australia, which advises clients throughout the Asia Pacific region, is expanding and is now looking to fill two new vacancies.
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.
CEPA fast-track relief service
In these challenging times, we are able to offer a hand of support to those that find themselves facing resource constraints as a result of the global covid-19 crisis.
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.