Communications and broadcasting
Creative content can drive more inclusive supply chain
Genesis was asked by a pan-African television and media company to design a more inclusive supply-chain strategy. This request came at a time of major disruption in the TV industry: entry of new competitors like Netflix, new platforms like internet and mobile TV, new technology like AI, and rapidly changing consumer habits.
Icasa employs Genesis to sharpen SA telecoms competition
Genesis Analytics has been retained by ICASA to assist with their Priority Market Study to identify telecommunications key markets that are not characterised by effective competition and may require regulatory intervention to ensure that the goals of the National Development Plan can be met.
Expert advice on Vodacom-Neotel merger
Genesis was contracted by the Competition Commission of South Africa as expert economic advisers in the assessment of a proposed merger between Vodacom South Africa, the largest mobile network operator in the country, and Neotel, the country’s second national fixed-line operator.
Assessment of damages in R1-billion claim
Genesis provided an independent assessment of the appropriate damages quantum following the repudiation of an agreement between two large South African companies in the communications sector. The analysis was performed on behalf of the defendant in a claim that exceeded R1-billion.
Challenge to ICASA by MTN and Vodacom
Genesis was commissioned by ICASA to assist in defending its mobile termination rates decision of March 2014 following a legal challenge to the proposed glide path by Vodacom and MTN. The project team played a critical role in the proceedings by demonstrating that the initial drop in termination rates for the larger operators was still above their costs. This allowed the court to suspend the order overturning the regulations for six months while ICASA undertook a more thorough investigation process.
Financial model sets new mobile termination rates
‘Termination rates’ are the prices telecommunications operators pay each other to terminate calls originating on each other’s networks (for example, when an MTN customer calls a Vodacom customer, MTN pays a termination fee to Vodacom). For a variety of pro-competitive reasons, regulators around the world set these rates equal to the costs operators incur to provide termination services to each other.
Expert evidence in dispute between Neotel and Broadband Infraco
Genesis was contracted by Neotel, South Africa's second fixed-line operator, to provide expert economic evidence in a commercial dispute between Neotel and Broadband Infraco, a state-owned supplier of fixed-line infrastructure. The project team focused on the quantification of the financial amount claimed by Broadband Infraco from Neotel, which involved a determination of market-related wholesale rates for national long-haul routes in South Africa.
Expert advice on public Wi-Fi joint venture
Genesis provided an expert economic report to support the filing of a proposed joint venture between Dimension Data and MWeb for the development of public Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country. The analysis of project team located the merger within the context of broader production joint ventures (JVs), as well as JVs in telecoms infrastructure sharing.
Investigation of MTN-Afrihost merger
Genesis was retained by the Competition Commission to assist it in an investigation into the proposed acquisition of a mobile data service provider, Afrihost, by the mobile operator MTN. The project team advised the commission on the definition of the market and on dominance at this level, as well as on the various theories of harm advanced by a number of competitors.
Expert advice in contested Media24 print merger
Genesis was retained to assess the effects of the proposed move from joint to sole control of the Natal Witness publishing group by Media24, which had evoked substantial opposition from other media groups involved in community newspaper publishing.
Expert report in support of expansion of broadcasting licence
Genesis was commissioned to provide an expert economic submission on behalf of Algoa FM, which was in the process of applying to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for an expansion to the terms of its broadcasting licence.
Expert advice in one of largest telecoms mergers
In one of the largest telecommunications transactions in recent years, Genesis was retained to provide expert testimony and reports on behalf of Africa's largest mobile operator, MTN (South Africa). This related to MTN’s successful acquisition of the African operations of Verizon, one of the largest global communications companies, despite the fact that the merger had been vigorously opposed by a competitor.
Expert advice on infrastructure regulatory framework
In a key report for the Office of the Presidency, Genesis developed a framework for economic regulators in the communications, transport, energy and water sectors. The framework focused on finding coherence in the design of regulations across the different sectors as differing approaches had previously been adopted.
Review of telecoms policy for Presidency
Genesis was retained by the Office of the Presidency to conduct the official 15-year review of telecommunications policy and its impact on government’s two central yet evolving objectives of securing cost-competitiveness and providing universal access.
Expert testimony halts initial Telkom merger
Genesis was retained to provide expert economic analysis on behalf of the Internet Service Provider Association (ISPA), which was pivotal in the successful opposition to the initial attempted merger between the incumbent fixed-line operator, Telkom, and one of the largest IT companies operating in South Africa, Business Connexion.
Telecoms market reviews for the SA regulator
Genesis was commissioned by the South African communications regulator, ICASA, to work on a number of key regulatory initiatives. In one such case, the firm was commissioned to develop a series of market reviews, a legal requirement needed to justify both existing and new pro-competitive regulations.
Expert evidence opens way to cable producer merger
Genesis was commissioned to provide expert economic analysis and testimony before the Competition Commission in a case relating to a proposed merger between two of the largest telecommunications cable producers in South Africa, ATC and Aberdare.
Bandwidth holds key to lack of telecoms competition
Genesis was appointed by the World Bank to conduct an assessment of the effects of the introduction of South Africa’s Competition Act in 1998, as well as of its failure to curb the anti-competitive conduct dominating the telecommunications sector. This followed various findings of anti-competitive behaviour in the sector during the 2000s.