Associate Consultants


Michael Minges

Michael Minges

ICT Policy & Strategy: 

Expert on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy and strategy. Have conducted e-readiness assessments in numerous developing nations around the world. Assignments have included in-depth reviews and recommendations for the ICT sector covering market structure; convergence; regulatory issues (licensing, number portability, interconnection, universal service and access, etc.); telecommunications infrastructure; socio-economic impacts of ICT; use of ICT in health, business, government and education; and potential for ICT-enabled services. 

Sector Analysis: 

Extensive experience analyzing telecommunication progress in developing countries through numerous reports, articles and presentations. Have authored various publication and articles on themes including trade in telecommunications, wireless communications, economic impact, e-readiness, mobile interconnection and universal service and access. Made presentations at dozens of industry conferences and workshops around the world. Launched the World Telecommunication Development Report in 1994, a leading industry reference and have contributed chapters to the World Bank's ICT flagship publication Information and Communications for Development and the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development Information Economy Report.

Monitoring and Evaluation: 

Wide-ranging knowledge on the identification and use of indicators for monitoring ICT development in nations. Creator of the Digital Access Index, a leading tool for measuring access to ICT among countries. Development of indicators looking at relationship between ICT and gender, economic development, knowledge and the Millennium Development Goals. 

EDUCATION

January 1978 - December 1981 George Washington University, Washington DC 

Master of Business Administration - Information Systems Technology.

Elected to Sigma Beta Gamma, the scholastic business honorary society. 

September 1974 - August 1977 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 

Bachelor of Arts - Economics.

OTHER

United States citizen. Fluent in French and Spanish.

 

Dr. Martyn F. Roetter

Dr. Martyn F. Roetter

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT & TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANT

Martyn Roetter is a management consultant & advisor to high technology business executives, regulators, and investors on matters involving products, markets, competitors, sales channels, and technology.  His work frequently involves the application of global perspectives in dealing with the complexities of challenges whose outcomes depend upon the interactions between business and market dynamics, technologies, finance, and public policy. He has extensive business experience in Europe, the Americas, Asia and elsewhere. Over the course of his career he has initiated or contributed to the foundation and growth of several new services businesses. He has over 30 years of consulting experience with Arthur D. Little, PA Consulting and others as well as his own firm - MFRConsulting. He is also associated as a Senior Adviser with Information Age Economics (Washington DC), the South Africa-based BMI-TechKnowledge (see for example www.bmi-t.co.za/?q=content/bmi-t-navigator) and with the Pacomm Consulting Group (www.pacomm.com) in Whitby, Ontario, Canada.  His technical and business expertise has been used in relation to legal matters such as identifying patent positions of potential partners for a Japanese semiconductor supplier (among other evaluation criteria), assessment of the business justification for swaps of fiber assets between operators and their associated accounting practices, and the interconnection practices of a major operator.

Representative engagements dealing with broadband have involved fixed facilities and wireless-related issues and projects in terrestrial, submarine, and satellite arenas from access networks to global connectivity including:

  • Development of recommendations for public policy and regulation in the ICT Sector for the Department of Communications in South Africa, including assessments of recent developments in policy and regulation in selected benchmarking countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa,  and Asia. These assessments covered spectrum allocations and assignments and policies to stimulate the deployment of competitive national and international (submarine) fiber optic cable systems.
  • Analysis of the valuations of and prices paid for spectrum licenses in both high (near and above 2 GHz) and low (below 1 GHz) bands on behalf of a major U.S. operator that was filed in February, 2013 in current FCC Proceedings on mobile spectrum aggregation and planned Incentive Auctions in the 600 MHz band. The purpose of this analysis was to identify and assess the impact on these prices of a range of: (i) Conditions applied to spectrum auctions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia including but not limited to spectrum caps, and (ii) Associated market and competitive dynamics.
  • Valuation of the spectrum held by an entrepreneurial mobile operator in four African countries in the 800 MHz (“digital dividend”) and 2.6 GHz bands to support its efforts to raise financing for the deployment of LTE networks.
  • Development of a spectrum management policy and recommended spectrum allocations for the regulator in a Caribbean island. This project had to take account of specific local circumstances such as the need to accommodate North American and European visitors with a mix of ITU Region 1 and Region 2 frequency allocations, and to manage interference and public safety applications with neighboring U.S. territories. The regulator also wished to coordinate ICT developments with regional Caribbean trends.
  • Technical, market, and business assessment and comparison of the likely roles and relative advantages and disadvantages of HSPA, mobile WiMAX and other broadband mobile wireless technologies in a global context on behalf of the GSM Association (GSMA)
  • Due diligence of a transatlantic submarine optical fiber cable proposed by an international U.S./U.K. consortium. The technical due diligence focused on the very aggressive timetable for construction of this cable system (two and one-half years from inception to operation), and its use of wave division multiplexing, while the market assessment concentrated on the growth of Internet traffic which was the major demand driver behind this initiative. The necessary financing was obtained, and this cable system was constructed.
  • Technical assessment of the spectrum feasibility of the competitiveness of a proposed multi-band LTE network deployment in the U.S. including an existing mobile operator and a hosting arrangement using spectrum from partners.
  • Evaluation of a proposed Investment in a leading independent provider of global satellite-based mobility services by a European-based private equity firm
  • Assessment of the market risks and uncertainties associated with the debt financing of an intercontinental submarine cable project.
  • A business due diligence of a 2,331 mile long submarine optical fiber cable between Alaska and the lower 48 States on behalf of the bank lenders financing this project. The project was the brain child of the competitive integrated (local and long distance telephony, mobile communications, Internet services, cable TV) telecommunications provider GCI. The due diligence covered market, technical, regulatory and business partnership aspects. The Alaska United Cable System was subsequently installed. A second complementary cable system connecting Alaska with Washington State has since been constructed.
  • Analysis of the validity of AT&T’s assertions and claims filed with the FCC and presented in other forums to obtain approval of its now abandoned proposal to acquire T-Mobile USA.
  • Presentation of “Quality of Service and Experience in Mobile Networks” to 2012 Tecnocimiento, Bogota, Colombia including the use of techniques such as offloading traffic via Wi-Fi and small cells
  • Preparation of a policy paper for submission to the President of Brazil on “Accelerating Broadband Access in Brazil”
  • Assessment for an equipment vendor of the obstacles to and driving forces behind the development of IPTV and the critical role of standards
  • Elaboration of a strategy for the Palestinian Authority to secure additional spectrum for mobile broadband communication for Palestinian operators from Israel
  • Assessment of diverse spectrum management policies with particular reference to spectrum requirements and assignments on behalf of the GSMA to provide advice to Latin American regulators and Competition Authorities for the assignment of new frequencies for deploying wireless broadband services – see report “Spectrum for Mobile Broadband in the Americas:
  • Policy Issues for Growth and Competition,” at
    http://www.gsma.com/spectrum/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/gsmaamericasmbbs...
  • Assessment for a potential bidder of the market opportunities and available technologies, as well as the business implications of the rules and regulatory conditions involved in the 2008 AWS spectrum auction in Canada
  • Formulation of strategic and tactical alternatives for traditional telecommunications and IT companies to exploit the implications of the broadband, “Web 2.0” Internet for fixed, nomadic, and mobile users
  • Organization and moderation of a GSMA workshop on the issues and implications of “Net Neutrality” and “Web 2.0” for mobile operators
  • Due diligence (market and technology) of a multiple cable TV system operator in Korea on behalf of a U.S.-based investment bank. The bank made an investment of about $140 million in this business
  • Assessment of the original Iridium (low earth orbit satellite) Business Plan.

Martyn was a Vice President and Partner at Arthur D. Little, Inc., based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He founded the European arm of the company’s TIME (Telecommunications, Information, Media, and Electronics) practice in Europe from a base in Paris, and later led this practice at various times in North America and at the global level. He served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Allen Telecom (a leading global supplier of wireless subsystems) from 1998 until its acquisition by Andrew Corp. in 2003. 

He has published and been frequently quoted in the business, financial, and trade press on issues affecting the communications and information industries, and has co-authored several books on the uses of information technology. He is a member of the IEEE and the IEEE Communications Society. 

He was educated in England, Germany, and the U.S., and holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Oxford. A U.S. citizen, he speaks French and German in addition to English.

 

Dominic Cull

Dominic Cull

Dominic has over twelve years of experience in the telecommunications industry as a regulatory and policy advisor to local and international telecommunications companies and service providers.  

Career history

2006 – present Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions 

2013 – present Associate, Dingleys Attorneys

2002 – 2005 Nicciferguson Attorneys

1997 – 2000 Miller Gruss Katz & Traub Attorneys  

Educational and professional qualifications

1990 – 1993 Bachelor of Business Science, University of Cape Town

1994 – 1995 LLB, University of Cape Town

1998 Admitted as Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

2001 – 2002 LLM (electronic law), University of Cape Town

Relevant experience

Dominic is the founder and owner of Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions (www.ellipsis.co.za) an niche consultancy founded in 2006 which specialises in legal and regulatory advice in ICT law, policy and regulation. He has spent 14 years advising the public and private sector on ICT legal issues.

Dominic has extensive experience in advising on the commercial and regulatory aspects of new technology; broadcasting, and electronic communications ventures for local and international companies and policy and regulation in the ICT, cable, satellite, media, and telecommunications sectors. 

He has acted as the regulatory advisor to the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) since 2004 and as regulatory advisor to the Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA) since 2005. He is also legal advisor to the Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA) and acted as an independent adjudicator for WASPA from 2006-2010 before taking up a position on the WASPA Appeals Panel. Major international clients serviced include Google, Inmarsat Global, the Global VSAT Foundation and the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC). Clients in South Africa include ISPA, WAPA, WASPA, First Rand Bank, the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa, MTN Business, Deloitte and Touche, MWEB, Web Africa and Mindset Technologies as well as a large number of wireless applications service providers and wireless Internet service providers. 

Dominic is involved at all stages of the communications law and regulation-making process and liaises closely with, inter alia: the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the Department of Communications, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, SAPS Cybercrime Division, National Gambling Board and the Film and Publications Board on an on-going basis. He has prepared submissions on all telecommunications-related policy documents, laws and regulations released by the Department of Communications, ICASA and USAASA over the past 7 years on behalf of various local and international clients and represented these clients at oral hearings, colloquia and other related engagements. Representation of clients includes the preparation and argument of complaints submitted to the competition authorities, the courts and the Complaints and Compliance Commission.

Spectrum-related experience

In this capacity he has advised clients, prepared submissions and participated in all spectrum-related policy, legislative and regulatory processes in South Africa since 2002, including:

The drafting and finalisation of the Radio Regulations and Radio Frequency Spectrum Fees Regulations

The drafting and finalisation of the National Radio Frequency Plan, Radio Frequency Migration Regulations and Radio Frequency Migration Plan

The policy directives, regulations and ITAs relating to previous attempts to assign high-demand frequency in South Africa.

Dominic is a founder of the Open Spectrum Alliance in South Africa as well as the founder of the Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA). Regulatory advice to the latter is specifically targeted at spectrum scarcity issues for WAPA members.

In 2013 Dominic was contracted by Google Inc. to provide regulatory expertise and support relating to the Television White Spaces Trial which took place in Cape Town between February and October of that year in terms of a trial licence granted by ICASA. Dominic was the lead drafter of the final report on the trial (see http://www.tenet.ac.za/tvws). 

Dominic previously undertook a comprehensive review on behalf of the Department of Communications of all communication-related law and regulation in South Africa since 1910 (as a sub-contractor to AL Indigo), including all law and regulation relating to radio frequency spectrum. 

As part of the B-MIT team Dominic has provided policy, legal and regulatory support to the Panel of ICT Experts through the DoC and undertaken research into telecommunications issues from 1996 to date.