Analysys Mason

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Analysys Mason's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Analysys Mason is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

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Bram Moerman, CEO
Analysys Mason
London office
Analysys Mason is a global consultancy and research
firm specialising in telecoms, media and technology
headquartered in Aldwych, London. Founded in 1985, they
provide consulting and research services to diverse clients including
communications and digital service providers, vendors, investors
(including private equity and infrastructure funds), governments,
regulators, broadcasters, and service and content providers. CEO
Bram Moerman explains that their sector specialists understand
the distinct local challenges facing clients, in addition to the wider
effects ofglobal forces, helping clients understand the challenges
and opportunities new technology brings to their business.
The changing role of telecommunications
The global electronic communications industry is changing the world. Forty years
ago, there was no commercial mobile communication and the internet was of no
more than research interest. Facebook, Google, Amazon and eBay did not exist;
Apple and Microsoft were start-ups focused on microcomputers.
Today there are over seven billion mobile subscribers, far outstripping the number of
fixed connections, and the internet is a huge part of everyday life. Those “start-ups”
are now among the largest businesses in the world by market capitalisation. A modern
smartphone can roam across the globe and has the computer power of a 1991
supercomputer, but fits in your pocket and runs on batteries. Thanks to liberalisation
and regulation, the fixed communications industry has moved from being a series
of inefficient national monopolies to a much-improved competitive retail market.
»CEO: Bram Moerman
»Established in 1985
»Based in London, with offices
across Europe, the Middle
East and Africa, Asia and the
»Services: Global consultancy
and research firm specialising
in telecoms, media and
»No. of employees: 200
»Owned by IT and telecoms
conglomerate Datatec and
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Neighbouring industries such as media
production and distribution, print
journalism, advertising, retail shopping,
and the postal/parcel delivery logistics
markets have been transformed – and
so has how we work. Vast amounts
have been invested in new fixed and
mobile networks, and even more is yet
to be spent, supporting higher speeds
and greater rural connectivity. These
investments will bring much more
flexibility, allowing new kinds of services.
The spectacular changes within the
industry have given rise to political
debate. Citizens raise concerns about
telecoms issues including universal
service, superfast broadband availability,
mobile coverage and the quality of
the experience offered. There are also
issues such as the illegal distribution of
copyright material, privacy, protection
of minors, the impact of AI on jobs, the
ability of social networks to control and
remove extremist material and identify
fake news, and the potential negative
impact of social networking or online
games on mental health. Beneath these
issues seen by the consumer, those
building, investing in, regulating or
operating telecoms networks are facing
major challenges from the rapid pace
of change in technology. There is the
need for substantial investment to bring
fibre closer to the end user and improve
efficiency and speed by turning networks
from hardware into software. To achieve
this, specialist advice is needed, and
this is what Analysys Mason provides.
We have grown up with this industry
and have played a role in many of the
transformations noted above.
Our consultancy is respected
internationally for the exceptional quality
of our work, our deep knowledge of
this industry and our independence and
flexibility in responding to client needs.
We have offices in the UK, Ireland,
France, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden,
Dubai, India, Singapore, Hong Kong
and the USA, while our clients have
always been global and cover more
than 110countries.
We are a diverse group of over 200
professionals from a wide range of
countries and backgrounds, united by a
strong interest in and deep experience of
the telecoms industry and its supporting
ecosystem. This depth of expertise and
interaction with fellow professionals
is important to our clients and to the
personal development of our staff.
Consulting services
Our services help governments work out
how to intervene to improve network
coverage without distorting the market,
within European state-aid rules; for
example, we are currently supporting
the Irish government’s intervention to
bring high-speed broadband services
to rural areas of Ireland. We have also
worked for the UK Department of
Culture, Media and Sport in relation
to reforms to the UK Electronic
Communications Code, assessing the
financial impact on the telecoms market.
As well as this, we help governments
work out how to value and package
radio spectrum to release for 5G
mobile. We also perform similar
analyses for companies trying to work
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out how much spectrum they will need
and how much value it will generate,
for example via lower costs/fewer base
stations or higher revenue through
better quality of service.
We work with cross-industry groups
to help inform policy development.
A recent example was our work on
lowering barriers to infrastructure
development in the UK, where our
recommendations led to a new
“barrier busting” team being set up
within central government.
We advise investors on business plans,
and help companies value business
opportunities. In doing so we have
provided due-diligence services in
some of the largest recent transactions
in telecommunications.
We advise companies on regulatory
issues. We recently provided the
structurally separated New Zealand
operator Chorus with extensive support
in relation to the pricing of unbundled
copper and wholesale broadband
services. We advise regulators about the
frameworks within which regulations are
set – example work includes landmark
projects for the European Commission
on the regulation of Voice over Internet
Protocol services (such as Skype) and
on the concept of spectrum trading.
We also model network costs to assist
regulators in determining price controls.
This is an area in which we have assisted
many specialist regulators over the past
20 years, including Ofcom and its French
and Dutch equivalents ARCEP and ACM.
We provide expert witnesses to
assist in resolving legal disputes. We
provide advice on technologies such as
Software Defined Networks (SDN) and
Network Function Virtualisation (NFV)
which are turning telecoms networks
into software. We assist wherever our
skills add value to this complex and
rapidly changing industry.
For our staff our work offers
considerable independence for
the project directors and project
managers to deliver value to the client
in the most effective way, within a
framework of supporting processes,
staff, and IT infrastructure. We place
a strong emphasis on the quality of
our output and employ specialised
editorial staff to assist in creating and
maintaining this level of quality.
Our research also helps clients
see current and future trends
Analysys Mason’s specialist research
team analyses, tracks and forecasts
the different services accessed by
consumers and enterprises, as well
as the software, infrastructure and
technology delivering those services.
Our research clients benefit from
regular and timely intelligence, in
addition to direct access to our team of
expert analysts specialising in a range
of telecoms-related topics ranging from
consumer services, network investment
and planning, telecoms software and
the impact of digital services.
Our experts understand not only the
complexities of the telecoms, media
and technology (TMT) sectors, but
the unique challenges of companies,
regulators and other stakeholders
operating in such a dynamic industry.
Our research offers a combination of
quantitative deliverables, including
access to more than three million
consumer and industry data points, as
well as research articles and reports
on emerging trends drawn from our
library of research and consulting work.
consultancy is
for the
quality of our
work, our
knowledge of
this industry
and flexibility
in responding
to client needs
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This article was sponsored by Analysys Mason. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister