Towards an optimized regulation of access networks

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Effective electronic communications regulation is more than ever a race in which keeping up with the pace of technological innovation and network roll-out is critical. This is particularly the case for Next Generation Access (NGA) networks, which are moreover characterised by a high degree of EU-level directions aiming to guide Member States. The difficult task for national regulators is to optimally make use of the opportunity given by these directions, thereby translating them towards local circumstances.

When optimizing their access regulation, regulators are faced with a series of challenges, such as:

  1. Stimulating cost reduction
    • Reuse of existing infrastructure
    • Improve possibilities for joint infrastructure deployment between telecom and different other utility networks
  2. Price setting through efficient yet realistic network modeling
    • Bottom up model of network should not ignore physical contraints of the technology, for example on optical budget
    • When assuming to blow new cable or subducts through existing ducts it should be carefully checked if free duct space is sufficient to allow installation of the calculated cables.
  3. Acknowledging and integrating local differences in high-standard area classification
    • When identifying areas of different economical attractiveness to deploy fiber, expected take rate is equally important to cost per home passed and cost per home connected.
    • Broadband coverage of xDSL or DOCSIS is not only derived from the presence of fiberized cabinets or nodes, but also heavily depends on the length of the remaining copper or coax cables that ultimately enter the houses.

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Many of the above challenges are related to the fact that the analyses underlying regulatory decisions require a high level of detail.
Comsof and Van Dijk Management Consultants have developed a comprehensive framework to tackle these challenges. The foundation is FiberPlanIT, Comsof’s powerful and proven access network modelling tool that allows for large-scale calculations, thereby avoiding extrapolations and their inherent errors. In addition, a dedicated complete package of (techno-) economic analyses provides regulators with all the necessary support and tools to optimise their access regulation strategy.
The brochure can be downloaded by the link below (Attachments)
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