Recent Telecommunications Sector Projects

Projects completed by Great Village:


WEST AFRICA POWER POOL (WAPP) – CONSORTIUM AGREEMENT FOR DARK FIBER (2016)

Legal Advisor WAPP Secretariat and World Bank on structuring of the Consortium Agreement by seven West African countries to monetize their fiber optic infrastructure (dark fiber, high points and colocation infrastructure) as part of the WAPP electricity grid, by making this capacity available for lease by telecommunications operators. Advised government-owned and private electricity utilities in Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal

 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL REGULATION CONSULTING ASSISTANCE TO NATIONAL ICT AUTHORITY (NICTA) (2017)

Market Assessment of wholesale access markets for infrastructure and services, and determination of regulatory solutions including development of new regulations and license conditions for infrastructure access and sharing. Assessment of market conditions, service pricing and obstacles to competition in wholesale markets, retail mobile and fixed markets. Recommendations to improve access conditions include amendments to Standard and Specific Licensing Rule and other regulatory instruments.

 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – DEVELOPMENT OF UNIVERSAL ACCESS AND SERVICE STRATEGY FOR UAS SECRETARIAT (2017)

Development of PNG Universal Access and Service Strategy for the UAS Secretariat. Advising NICTA on development of strategy for rollout of UAS projects, including costing, prioritization, consultations with operators and training for UAS Secretariat and NICTA. 3 year UAS strategy for UAS Secretariat, including identification of access gaps, priority projects, costing, planned fund revenues, consultations with operators, training workshops for UAS Secretariat and NICTA.

 

ST. LUCIA, ST. LUCIA, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES AND GRENADA – 4 PPPS FOR SUBMARINE CABLE, GWANS AND SCHOOLS INTERNET (2017)

Team Leader and Financial Expert advising Ministries of Communications for 3 East Caribbean island nations on contract negotiation and implementation of PPPs to manage construction of fiber optic submarine cable, Government Wide Area Networks (GWANs) and internet network in schools. GVIC advisory team is providing legal, technical and financial advice on structuring and implementation of the contracts.

 

KIRIBATI - UNIVERSAL ACCESS PLAN (2015)

Advised the Communications Commission of Kiribatim, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, on the development of a Universal Access Plan for Kiribati. This plan will guide the funding decisions of the UA Fund and be a roadmap to make services, infrastructure and digital devices more widely available in the country.

 

ST. LUCIA, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES AND GRENADA – NEW REGULATIONS FOR WHOLESALE INFRASTRUCTURE ACCESS AND SHARING, MARKET ANALYSIS, SUBMARINE CABLE ACCESS, RETAIL PRICING, CONSUMER PROTECTION, (2015-2016)

Consortium led by GVIC, including Bird & Bird law international firm and JIDCOM engineering firm of France, advised East Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL), the regional regulator, and 3 national regulatory authorities (NTRCs) on development of new regulations addressing market analysis, submarine cable access, wholesale infrastructure access and sharing, consumer protection and retail pricing. Advice on structuring, funding and operation of local IXPs. Project under auspices of Caribbean Communications Infrastructure Program (CARCIP) and Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU).

 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: ADVICE ON UNIVERSAL ACCESS FUND AND NETWORK UPGRADE TO 3G (2013-2014)

Advisor to National ICT Authority on establishment, institutional organization and staffing of Universal Access Secretariat, including development of regulations and procedures to create, manage and operate Secretariat. Advisor on structuring technical requirements and tender process to upgrade components of national network to 3G. With DNTA

 

SIERRA LEONE: ADVICE TO SALCAB, OWNER OF ACE CABLE LANDING STATION ON FINANCING OF NATIONAL AND REGIONAL FIBER OPTIC BACKBONE (2013-2014)

Financial and Technical Advisor on development of business plan and financing strategy for national and regional fiber optic backbone. Advisor on tender documents to introduce private investors into SALCAB. For bmp Telecommunications Consultants (Germany).

 

CO-AUTHOR OF EBRD 2012 ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION SECTOR COMPARATIVE ASSESSMENT: 31 COUNTRIES IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE, CENTRAL ASIA, SOUTHERN AND EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, NORTH AFRICA.

Co-author of EBRD 2012 Electronic Communications Sector Comparative Assessment of 31 Countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa. Comprehensive assessment includes evaluation of effectiveness of legislation and regulations governing a broad range of telecommunications issues, including access to fiber optic and other telecom infrastructure. Assesses alignment with WTO requirements for infrastructure access. http://www.ebrd.com/downloads/legal/telecomms/comparative-assessment-2012.pdf Co-authored with Peter Lundy (Development Dynamics).

 

LIBERIA: ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT ON DIVESTITURE OF ACE SUBMARINE CABLE LANDING STATION (2013-2014)

Advisor to Ministry of Finance on tender process for divestiture of the Government's 55% ownership interest in the Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL). In consortium with CADMOS, Bird&Bird, JIDCOM

 

REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA: ADVICE TO REGULATOR AND MINISTRY ON NATIONAL BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE AND FREQUENCY MANAGEMENT (2011-2013)

Advisor to Government and Telecommunications Regulator GNCC on planning, costing and financing of national broadband infrastructure and frequency management strategy. Developed new regulations for infrastructure access and sharing and cost models for broadband access. In consortium with J Kanervisto (Finland), PDL and Cullen International.

 

ARMENIA: ADVISOR TO REGULATOR ON INFRASTRUCTURE ACCESS AND PLANNING OF NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK (2012-2013)

Advisor on planning, costing and financing of national broadband infrastructure and development of regulations for infrastructure access and sharing and cost models for broadband access. For ASTEC (Ireland).

 

LIBERIA: UNIVERSAL ACCESS FUND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK, TRAINING AND IMPLEMENTATION (2013-2015)

Advisor to Liberia Telecommunications Authority and Ministry on development of universal acces policy, regulations and establishment of UA Fund. Advisor on tender projects for rural community internet centers. Consortium with Incyte Consulting (Scotland).

 

WATRA: ADVICE ON COMPLIANCE WITH REGIONAL WATRA SUBMARINE CABLE GUIDELINES (2010)

Advisor to Liberia Telecommunications Authority on compliance of Liberian regulations with West Africa Telecommunications Reglators Assembly (WATRA) Guidelines for submarine cable connections.

 

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE: TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL ADVICE ON ACE SUBMARINE CABLE LANDING STATION (2010-2011)

Technical and Financial Advisor to Government of Sao Tome and AGER on Shareholders Agreement between Government and the incumbent telecom operator formed to jointly own the PPP holding cable landing station. Advice on Government on negotiation of operating and maintenance agreement for the Sao Tome landing station SPV, between incumbent operator and the PPP which owns the landing station. Developed Business Plan and Financial Model for Sao Tome PPP and Distribution of ACE Capacity. Advisor on wholesale and retail price caps for capacity leases and internet access and plan for distribution of wholesale and retail international connectivity throughout Sao Tome

 

ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, GEORGIA, KYRGYZSTAN, TURKMENISTAN, UKRAINE: EBRD REGULATORY TRAINING PROGRAM (2010 AND 2011)

Led training programmes on interconnection, infrastructure access, cost modelling for NGN networks, convergence, as part of comprehensive Telecommunications Regulatory Training Program for ministries, regulators and operators (2010-2013).

Telecommunications training program for Government ministries, regulators, and operators (for J. Kanervisto Consulting (Finland) with Development Dynamics and Cullen International). Led training modules on:

  • Infrastructure access
  • Cost modeling including for NGN networks andapplication to retail and wholesale charges
  • Financial analysis for regulatory accounting
  • Regulatory aspects of interconnection and interconnection charging
  • Managing public consultations
  • Tariff structures and regulation, Tariff Rebalancing
  • Universal service policy and regulation

 

LIBERIA: ADVICE ON NATIONAL BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT PLAN AND INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY ASSESSMENT (2010)

Telecommunications Strategy Advisor on development of National Broadband Development Plan for the Ministry of Planning and Economic Analysis. Analysed and costed options for Liberia to obtain international connectivity, including submarine cables and O3b. For IBI International.

 

MOZAMBIQUE: THIRD MOBILE LICENSE TENDER PROCESS (2010 – WORLD BANK)

Advisor to Instituto Nacional das Comunicações de Moçambique (INCM) (Mozambique telecom regulator) on management and documentation for the international tender process for award of a third mobile license, evaluation of bids submitted, and development of infrastructure sharing regulations and national roaming regulations.

 

LIBERIA: INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS INCLUDING ACE CABLE ASSESSMENT, NATIONAL BACKBONE ANALYSIS (2010 – IBI INTERNATIONAL – USAID)

Assessment of ACE Submarine Cable and other international connectivity options for Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs. Development of Action Plan for development of Monrovia Fiber Optic Ring and Rural Backbone. Analysis of mobile banking options for Liberia and Recommendations and Action Plan to develop mobile banking in Liberia.

 

MOLDOVA: ADVICE ON AMENDMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF 2008 TELECOM LAW, NATIONAL BROADBAND STRATEGY, REGULATORY TRAINING PROGRAMME (2009-2011)

Advice on amendment and implementation of Moldova 2008 Telecom Law in order toto align Moldova?s telecommunications sector regulatory framework with EU framework and support Moldova?s application for accession to EU. Advisor to Moldovan telecommunications regulator, National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications, and Information Technologies (ANRCETI) and Ministry of Information Development with a team of 15 international telecom sector experts. Advisor on:

  • Development of regulations to implement 2008 Telecommunications Law, including interconnection, tariffing, licensing, Universal service, numbering, number portability, carrier selection / pre-selection, cost modelling, retail minus and price ceiling tariff regulation
  • Telecom sector policy
  • Amendment of 2008 Telecommunications Law
  • Market analysis to designate relevant markets, SMP operators, remedies under EU Framework
  • New Reference Interconnection Offer
  • Regulations and LRIC Plus cost models for broadband access and interconnection, for major operators
  • Comprehensive 6 week regulatory training programme for the Moldovan regulator and operators in all aspects of telecom regulation.

 

LIBERIA: ADVICE TO REGULATOR ON ACE SUBMARINE CABLE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK (2011-2012)

Advisor to Liberia Telecommunications Authority on technical, financial and regulatory framework governing ACE submarine landing point, including development of price cap financial model for sale of ACE capacity, used to impose price caps for capacity leases for STM1, E3 and E1 capacities (West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program WARCIP). Consortium with Incyte Consulting (Scotland).

 

MONTENEGRO: UNIVERSAL SERVICE REGULATIONS AND AMENDMENT OF 2008 TELECOM LAW (2009-2010)

Advisor to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications and the national telecommunications regulator (EKIP) on the development of Universal Service Regulations, and amendments to the Law on Electronic Communications to align the legislation with EU Telecommunications Framework for 2010.

 

LIBERIA: INTERCONNECTION REGULATORY REGIME AND CONFIDENTIALITY, DISPUTE RESOLUTION, ENFORCEMENT REGULATIONS (2009-2010 – WORLD BANK)

Advised Liberia Telecommunications Authority on development of new Interconnection and Access Framework, including new interconnection and access regulations, cost models and Reference Interconnection Offer. Regulations for public consultation, confidentiality, dispute resolution, and enforcement. Provided regulatory training in interconnection, confidentiality, dispute resolution and enforcement issues.

 

LIBERIA: FEASIBILITY STUDY ON STRATEGY FOR GOVERNMENT OWNED CDMA OPERATOR (LIBTELCO) (2009-2010 – WORLD BANK)

Feasibility Study on strategic alternatives for Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (Libtelco), national CDMA operator. Assessed strategic alternatives to prepare for privatization, including issuance of universal license. Financial and economic model of the Liberian telecommunications market to assess impact on Libtelco and Liberian government of strategic options.

 

MALI: PRIVATIZATION OF SOTELMA - INCUMBENT FIXED LINE TELECOM (2008)

Advised the World Bank on the privatization process for SOTELMA, the incumbent fixed line and mobile service provider in Mali. Advice included review and comment on the documentation and procedures developed by the privatization advisors to the Government of Mali for the international competitive bid tender process established to sell a 51% controlling interest in SOTELMA to a strategic partner at a price which valued the company at approximately US$750 million.

 

LIBERIA: ANALYSIS AND CASE STUDIES IN LICENSING OF CABLE LANDING POINTS (2010)

Advisor to Liberia Telecommunications Authority (regulator) on international best practice in regulation of Cable Landing Stations

 

REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN: DEVELOPMENT OF NEW COMMUNICATIONS SECTOR POLICY AND NEW COMMUNICATIONS LAW (2008)

Great Village is leading a team of five consultants advising the Executive Office of the President, the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the telecommunications regulator. Great Village's work includes development of a new communications sector policy and new Communications Law building on the liberalization embodied in the 2004 Law on Electronic Communications. The new policy will assist in facilitating the eventual privatization of Tajik Telecom. In order to develop consensus on the new policy and law, Great Village will hold a Communications Law Conference and a Policy Workshop for Government and sector stakeholders.

 

Liberia: Development of Licensing Regulations for Liberian Telecommunications Sector Regulator (2008 - World Bank)

Will Burnfield advised the Government of Liberia on the development of licensing regulations under the new Telecommunications Law in Liberia.

 

Republic of Montenegro: Interconnection and Tariffing Project (2007 - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in association with the law firms of McCarthy Tetrault and Karanovic & Nikolic)

Great Village led a team of eight Great Village and other international regulatory consultants advising the national telecom regulator for Montenegro, the Agency for Telecommunications and Postal Services (Agentel). Great Village's work included the following tasks, with the objective of assisting Montenegro in preparing for future accession to the European Union:

  • provide comprehensive six-week training program in all key aspects of telecommunications regulation, with additional focus on interconnection and tariffing
  • develop LRIC costing and tariffing models for all operators for use in interconnection and tariffing issues. Provide training in the use of the models
  • revise the regulator's Interconnection and Tariffing regulations. Assist the regulator in conducting a public consultation process to revise and adopt the regulations
  • develop new regulations and procedures governing analysis of competitive markets and determination of significant market power in those markets.
  • conduct a legislative review of all key legislation impacting the sector to identify deficiencies relative to EU Directives and international best practice, and propose revisions to correct the deficiencies
  • assist the regulator in advising operators with SMP on the preparation of appropriate Reference Interconnection Offers

 

Kyrgyz Republic: Revision of Communications Law (2007 - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in association with the law firm of McCarthy Tetrault)

Great Village led a team of five lawyers that advised the regulator, the National Communications Agency, on the revision of the 1998 Law on Electronic Communications, the primary telecommunications legislation, as well as related secondary legislation. Great Village also advised the regulator on the conduct of a public consultation process to support the revision of the law.

 

Mozambique: Telecom Sector Analysis and Regulatory Advisory Assistance to the Government of Mozambique (2007 - World Bank, DNTA in association with the law firm of McCarthy Tetrault)

Working with the national telecommunications regulator in Mozambique, the Instituto Nacional das Comunicações de Moçambique (INCM), Will Burnfield led the preparation of a market analysis of the telecommunications and Internet sector in Mozambique. The market analysis tasks included:

  • analysis of growth factors, potential market development, assessment of competitive environment and investment climate in Mozambique
  • identification of regulatory bottlenecks and constraints to investment and growth, together with recommendations to resolve these constraints
  • direct research in Mozambique, including demand studies in the provinces of Maputo, Nampula and Beira, as well as detailed interviews with local operators, INCM, the Government of Mozambique, urban and rural groups / businesses and other stakeholders targeted demand studies in Mozambique to identify telecom market trends and needs
  • workshop for 20 regulatory staff of INCM regarding market analysis, impediments to private provision of service in the sector and regulatory remedies

 

Kyrgyz Republic: Kyrgyz II: Interconnection and Tariffing (2006 & 2007 - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, in association with Ovum Consulting (London, U.K.) and the law firm of McCarthy Tetrault

Great Village led a team of nine Great Village and other international and Kyrgyz consultants that advised the national Kyrgyz regulator, the National Communications Agency, on the revision of interconnection and tariffing regulations and the development of LRIC costing and tariffing models for use by the regulator. The project work included:

  • revision of all interconnection and tariff legislation, regulation, instruments and procedures to ensure consistency with international best practice
  • development of costing and tariffing models for the regulator and training for regulatory staff in use of the models
  • design and implementation of a public consultation process to ensure full public and stakeholder input to the development of the new policies
  • conduct of stakeholder workshops to explain policy options to stakeholders and build consensus support for appropriate policies
  • assistance to the regulator in the drafting of amendments to existing legislation to implement the new policies, regulations and procedures
  • development of new procedures for dispute resolution, confidentiality, and compliance
  • preparation of a template Reference Interconnect Offer

 

Kyrgyz Republic: EBRD Kyrgyz Universal Access Project (2005–2007 - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Great Village led a team of 16 international and Kyrgyz consultants and field staff that advised the Kyrgyz regulator and the Ministry of Communications on the development of a national universal access strategy and policy. Great Village's advice included:

  • detailed analysis of the Kyrgyz economy and telecommunications sector
  • development of a national Universal Access Strategy
  • identification of legal, regulatory and institutional constraints to private sector participation in provision of rural telecom access and recommendations to eliminate constraints
  • completion of telecommunications demand studies in six rural villages

 

Liberia: Liberia Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project: Development of a National Telecommunications Policy and Strategy (2005 - World Bank, in association with Judith Hellerstein Associates and McLean Foster)

As Project Director and Privatization Expert, Great Village principal Will Burnfield advised the President's Council on Telecommunications of the Transitional Government of Liberia on the development of telecom policy and strategy for Liberia during a period of recovery from extensive damage to national infrastructure resulting from the country's long civil war. Mr. Burnfield also evaluated and recommended remedies to resolve constraints to investment in the telecom sector.

 

Liberia: Strategic Alternatives for Liberia Fixed-Line Sector (2005 & 2006 - World Bank)

Will Burnfield advised the Transitional Government of Liberia on restructuring and privatization alternatives for Liberia Telecommunications Corporation, the national incumbent fixed-line operator whose network had been largely destroyed during the country's civil war. This work included the assessment of alternative strategies to revive the incumbent and the preparation of documentation to conduct an international competitive bid process to invest in a new fixed network for Liberia.

 

Serbia and Montenegro: Financing and Strategy Advisor to E-Publisher (2006 - ING-PRO)

Will Burnfield advised the leading Serbian media legal e-publisher, ING-PRO, on strategy and financing and marketing plan. The work led to the sale of equity in the company to an international investor.

 


Clients & Experience

Overview

Overview of Telecommunication Sector - Regulatory, Privatization and Financial Advisory Services.

Recent Project Experience

Recent Telecommunication sector projects completed by Great Village and its consultants.

Recent Client Engagements

Great Village Managing Directors and Associate Consultants have worked closely with many of the leading telecommunications operators and regulatory authorities around the world.

Great Village Telecommunication Managing Director Will Burnfield