Communications, media & payment systems: Post
Postal markets have rapidly evolved as the move to home-based working and shopping has been expediated by the covid crisis.
The rise in e-commerce is driving growth in the parcels market and distribution network at the same time, digital technologies have changed how people communicate and letter volumes are declining year by year.
Regulators must balance a commitment to the universal service with a model that maximises the benefits of competition. Incumbent operators need to manage the cost of meeting their obligations while innovating in response to new entrants.
We help our clients think through the application of regulatory economics principles in changing markets. Whether this means light touch monitoring of financial sustainability or proactive reform of the regulatory regime, our advice combines theoretical rigour with flexible thinking.
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Communications, media & payment systems News & insights
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.