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Telecommunications and Post


Our consultancy history in the field of telecommunications and post since 2010

2018 - ongoing

Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands

Study on the future use of the 3,4 – 3,8 GHz band including a market surveillance. Lead consultant. 

2018 - ongoing

Telecommunicatie Autoriteit Suriname, Suriname

Evaluation of current regulatory fee system and making recommendations for a new fee system. Lead consultant.

2017 

Channel Island Competition and Regulatory Authority, Channel Islands

Quality of service audit and measurement campaign of 4G networks (follow-up of campaign of . Lead consultant.

2017 

Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands

Evaluation of the National Antenna Register. This database contains all radio equipment with a transmission power of > 10 Watt ERP. The project work includes an in-depth study of PMR/PAMR, PPDR and networks for IoT/M2M including SIGFOX, LORAN and NB-IoT. Principal Consultant.

2017 - ongoing

Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, British Virgin Islands

Advise and assistance on a new regulatory framework for spectrum management, a National Table of Frequency Allocations and an expedited assignment of spectrum for Fixed Wireless Access. Principal consultant.

2017

Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands

Co-organizer and chairman/moderator of a seminar on auctions of spectrum in the 700 MHz, 1400 MHz and 2100 MHz bands. Senior Consultant.

2016 -2017

Telecom operator, Curacao

Technical and economic assessment of an optical fibre network. Project leader.

2016

Communications Regulatory Authority (COMREG), Ireland

A cost compensation study for the 700 MHz band. Senior consultant.

2016 - ongoing

Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands

A survey of unused underground telecom cables (cupper, coax, ducts) and possibilities to use them for broadband. Senior consultant.

2016

Channel Island Competition and Regulatory Authority, Channel Islands

Quality of service audit and measurement campaign 4G networks. Lead consultant.

2015-2016

Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands

Evaluation of policy regarding Digital Audio Broadcasting including a fee system for spectrum. Senior consultant.

2015

Ministry Economic Affairs, Netherlands

Evaluation of national frequency policy including license exempt policies for IOT/M2M networks. Senior consultant. 

2015

Office of Telecommunications Authority (OFTA), Hong Kong

Advise on the re-assignment of spectrum in the 900 MHz Band and the 1800 MHz Band upon expiry of the existing assignments. Senior consultant.

2015

Bureau Telecommunicatiezaken, Curacao

Revision of the current fee system for spectrum fees including the fees for PMR,  PAMR and IoT/M2M communications and precario fees for cables and ducts. Senior consultant.

2015

Communications Regulatory Authority (COMREG), Ireland

Conduct a cost benefit study on releasing 700 MHz spectrum for mobile communications. Part of the study was estimating the costs to connect base stations with fibre. Senior consultant.

2014

GSMA, via Frontier Economics

Advise on spectrum issues surrounding migrating part of the C-and in Africa and in Arab states including costs. Senior consultant.

2014

Telecommunications regulator ARTCI, Ivory Coast

Conduct an assessment of the value of LTE licences.  Part of the assessment was connecting the RAN network with fibre. Senior consultant

2014 

Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands

Conduct a second opinion on the multiband auction (LTE) of 2012. Senior consultant.

2014 - 2015

Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Jamaica

Advise on converged stand-alone ICT regulator. Senior consultant.

2014

Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authority (CICRA), Channel Islands

Design of comparative tender for the assignment of LTE licences and execution of the comparative tender. Part of the tender was determining the minimum licence value and assessing the network plans including the use of fibre within the network. Senior Consultant.

2014

Telecommunications regulator URCA, Bahamas

Assessment of business plans applicants for LTE-licences. Senior consultant.

2014 - 2015

Telecommunications regulator ATCI, Ivory Coast

Advise on relevant markets and on significant market power in these markets as well as well as remedies to be applied. Senior consultant.

2013 

Bureau Telecommunicatiezaken, Curacao

Reassessment of the value of 2G and 3G licences and assessment of the value of LTE (4G) spectrum. Principal consultant

2014

Venture capital company, Ghana

Due diligence of a Broadband Wireless Access (LTE) operator including its fibre network. Senior consultant.

2013

Telecommunications regulator ATCI, Ivory Coast

Advise on a new licensing regime including a fee system. Senior Consultant.

2013

Bureau Telecommunicatiezaken en Post, Curacao

Organize a study trip for the director of the Bureau Telecommuniecatiezaken en Post in the field of privacy and data protection to the Netherlands. Amongst others we visited the ministry of Economic Affairs (responsible for policies on privacy and data protection and for law making, the Nederlandse Mededingings Autoriteit and the Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens.  Principal consultant.

2013 

Bureau Telecommunicatiezaken en Post, Curacao

Set up a national Government Computer Emergency Response Team (CariCERT) Part of the project was an assessment of the current Privacy Law. Principal consultant.

2013

GSM Association, London (via Frontier Economics)

Advising GSMA on spectrum issues surrounding the possible assignment of C-band frequencies (satellites) for LTE. Senior consultant

2012 - ongoing

NIPOST, Nigeria

Developing a new postal strategy for the designated postal operator of Nigeria including a strategy for financial services. Part of the project was connecting the main post offices with fiber. Part of the project consists of developing a tender process to select the best partners in the field of financial services. Key expert. 

2012 - ongoing

Tower company, Netherlands

Owner and co-founder of Oxperts Antenna Sites. This tower company currently owns 11 towers on which mobile operators, IoT operators and utility companies (CDMA- 450) rent space for their antennas. Director. 

2012

Future Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Northern Cyprus

Workshop and advise on a new spectrum strategy on mobile communications (3G and 4G) including a licensing strategy and a valuation of these licenses. Senior consultant. 

2011

Ministry responsible for Infrastructure, Rwanda

Advise (second opinion) on current broadband policy including advise on licensing, site sharing and duct sharing. Key expert. 

2011

European Commission (NATP-III; EMERG).

Workshop on licensing and allocation mechanisms for participants of the EMERG program of the European Union in Jordan (Amman) including mechanisms for levying spectrum fees. Principal consultant and licensing expert. 

2011 - 2012

Ministry of Post and Telecommunications of Somaliland

Advise on all aspects surrounding fixed broadband including duct sharing and open access. Principal consultant. 

2011

Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority Bahamas

Advise on consultation regarding the assignment of licenses in the 700 MHZ and related broadband policy issues. Key spectrum expert. 

2010

Telecom operator, Netherlands

Advise and assistance on the auction of the LTE (4G) part of the 2,5 GHz band. Principal consultant.

2010 

MCIT, Palestine Territories

Development of strategy for allocating scarce resources including licensing, pricing and initial support for development of WiMAX policy. Principal consultant.

2010

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands

Study of the postal services on the BES-islands (Bonaire, Statia and Saba) related to the dismantling of Netherlands Antilles, possibly affecting these BES islands. Principal consultant. 

2010

Future Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Northern Cyprus

Workshop and advise on licensing and scarce resources including rights of way and site sharing. Senior consultant. 

2010

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands

Study of the current telecommunications networks and services in the Netherlands Antilles, including broadband, and potential issues related to the dismantling of the country possibly affecting Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba. Principal consultant. 

2010 - ongoing

Bureau Telecommunicatiezaken and PostNetherlands Antilles

Development of a policy for utility sector including renting capacity on the fibre network (for controlling the network) and poles to third parties. Lead consultant. 

2009 - 2010

Bureau Telecommunicatiezaken and PostNetherlands Antilles

Various postal projects. Lead consultant.

2009 - 2010

Bureau Telecommunicatiezaken and PostNetherlands Antilles

Design of WiMAX policy including licensing, spectrum packaging and modelling. Principal consultant. 

2009 - 2011

Directie Telecommunicatiezaken, Aruba

Design of WiMAX policy including licensing procedures and valuation of the licences. Principal consultant. 

2009 - 2010

ATCI, Ivory Coast

Advise on all technical and spectrum issues surrounding the assignment process of 3G licences including cost modelling, valuation of the licences and special access issues. Senior Consultant.

2008 - 2012

TAS, Suriname

Long Term Consultant on all technical and economical issues surrounding the work of the Telecommunications Authority Suriname including advising on a licensing framework including licence fees, broadband policy, Next Generation Networks and the assignment process of WiMAX and 3G. Project Leader. Also developing a quality of service policy, spectrum regulation and assessing a system for calculating spectrum fees. Lead Consultant. 

2008 - 2013

Ministry of Telecommunications and Post, Somaliland and Puntland (Somalia)

Advise on technical and licensing aspects surrounding the work of the new regulator in Somaliland including developing a licensing system, license and spectrum fees, and a broadband policy. The project also includes advising on cyber security, spectrum assignments and valuation of licences for 2G, 3G and WiMAX frequency spectrum and setting up an observatory of major telecommunications indicators and a database with all antennas. Principal consultant. 

2008 - 2009

Telecommunications and Postal Authority, Senegal

Advise on setting up a monitoring system and observatory for the postal markets. Principal consultant. 

2008 

Telecommunications Regulatory  Authority, Lebanon

Advise on technical issues surrounding the Broadband Wireless Access auction (WiMAX) including licensing and quality of service issues. Advise on spectrum fees for commercial spectrum. Principal consultant. 50 days

2008

Commercial regional FM broadcasting station, Netherlands

Advised on all issues surrounding the extension of the licence. Lead consultant.

2008  

Mobile operator, Romania

Second opinion on the technical and spectrum aspects of a licensing strategy to obtain a 3G license. Principal consultant. 

2008  

Ministry resp. for Telecommunications, Croatia

Advise on aligning secondary legislation regarding licensing, license fees and spectrum fees. Principal consultant. 

2007 - 2010

NiPost (World Bank), Nigeria

Advise and assistance in designing a regulatory framework for a Postal Regulator and a strategy and developing an organization structure for this regulator including detailed roles, responsibilities, tasks, budgets and functional descriptions of the various FTE’s. Advise on Universal Postal Services and setting up and managing the Universal Service Fund. Developing an observatory of the major postal indicators. Senior consultant. 

2007

Directie Telecommunicatiezaken, Aruba.

Design of new national table of frequency allocations. Principal consultant. 

2007

Various stakeholders in/of digital television and radio, Romania.

Advise on technical and spectrum aspects surrounding the strategy for the introduction DVB-T and T-DAB. Principal consultant. 

2007

Bureau Telecommunicatiezaken and PostNetherlands Antilles.

Development of regulatory framework for a submarine landing station and the development of fee system for submarine cables. Principal consultant. 

2006

NTRA, Egypt.

Advise on technical aspects of the Universal Policy and on licensing Universal Service Licences. Principal Consultant. 

2006

Bureau Telecommunicatiezaken and Post, Netherlands Antilles

Development of a model for the valuation of 3G and WiMAX spectrum. Principal consultant. 

2006

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Bahrain

Advise on spectrum and licensing issues surrounding the assignment processes of 2G, 3G and WiMAX frequencies. Principal consultant.

2006

Directie Telecommunicatiezaken, Aruba

Advise on the national numbering policy and development of national numbering table. Team leader. 

2006

Bureau Telecommunicatiezaken and PostNetherlands Antilles

Development of a database of all antennas in the Netherlands Antilles including calculations of safety zones around antennas. Principal consultant. 

2006

Mobile operator, Ukraine

Advise on the telecommunications regulatory framework surrounding spectrum of the Ukraine. Principal consultant.

2005 - 2008

European Commission (NATP-II)

Advise and assistance to the 10 MEDA countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Palestinians Territories, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco) on their telecommunications policies, licensing policies and licensing fees. Technical expert and deputy team leader. 

2005

Ofcom, United Kingdom

Development of an auction for higher frequency bands. Principal consultant.

2005

Telecommunicatie Autoriteit Suriname, Suriname

Development of national numbering plan. Principal consultant.

2005

Ofcom and Comreg, Ireland/United Kingdom

Technical advise on auction for unpaired UMTS-spectrum in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Principal consultant.

2005- 2008

Directie Telecommunicatiezaken, Aruba

Advise on the valuation of 3G licences including the allotment of the available 3G spectrum into licences. Principal consultant. 

2004-2005

Ministry of Interior Affairs, Netherlands

Advise on an implementation strategy for the implementation of adding location based information to emergency services (E-112) as well as the necessary secondary legislation. Principal consultant.

2005

Comreg, Ireland

Advise on technical and spectrum aspects of the auction for wideband digital mobile data services. Principal consultant.

2005

Telecommunicatie Autoriteit Suriname, Suriname

Review of the technical and spectrum parts of the primary and secondary legislation on telecommunications. Setting up a regulatory framework for Universal Services. Principal consultant.

2004 - 2005

Vereniging Niet-Landelijke Commerciële Radio, Netherlands

Advise the chairman, mr. Gerro Vonk, on all issues surrounding regional commercial broadcasting including DAB. Lead consultant.

2003-2004

Department of Communications, Mining and Natural Resources, Ireland

Advise to the Department of Communications, Mining and Natural Resources on the licensing processes for private sound broadcasting services in Ireland. Focus on international comparison and the advertisement market. The review follows a particularly contentious round of license renewal decisions by the regulator and it is intended that the recommendations will inform the licensing policy of the new broadcasting regulator. Principal consultant.

2003-2004

Directie Telecommunicatie Zaken, Aruba

Management of various projects involving the liberalization of the telecommunications sector in Aruba. Among the projects were the valuation of a second mobile license and the financial assessment of the value of the incumbent operator’s fixed line assets. Principal consultant.

2003

Commercial broadcast operator, Netherlands

Advise on bid strategy for auction in Denmark. Principal consultant.

2001-2003

Mobile Operators, Italy, Hong Kong, India

Advise on bid strategy for auctions of 3G spectrum. Principal consultant.

2003

Various regional commercial broadcasting stations

Advise and assist in writing bid books for the tender of regional FM broadcasting licenses. Lead consultant.

2001-2003

Ministry of Culture, Netherlands

Design of license conditions and awarding procedures for FM and AM licenses. Special attention was given to the conditions associated with regional licenses. Reviewed the tender documentation. Developed a toolkit for the assessment of the bid books. In this toolkit particular attention was paid to the advertisement market and competition issues in this market (market structure, commercial and public players, market shares and market power, tariffs and discounts, link between advertisement market and listeners market, developments). Principal consultant.

2001-2002

Czech Telecommunications Office

Design and implementation of the auction to allocate 3G licenses in the Czech Republic including spectrum packaging, modeling and determination of the minimum price for these licenses. Project director. 

1999 - 2000

Ministry of traffic, water management and public transportation of the Netherlands 

Design and implementation of the UMTS auction including spectrum packaging, technical terms and conditions of licences, examination of entree barriers and competition issues in this market, valuation of the licenses, definition of the number of players in this market and operating conditions for these players. After the auction evaluation of the project. Project director.

1999-2000

Ministry of traffic, water management and public transportation of the Netherlands 

Acted as principal advisor and Project Head for the design and implementation of a National Antenna Policy and the development of an Antenna Bureau. Site sharing was (and still is) an important pillar of this antenna policy. 

1999-2001

Ministry of traffic, water management and public transportation of the Netherlands 

Advise on licensing procedures (1999 – 2001) for the WLL, DVB-T and T-DAB and broadcasting frequency auctions. Conductance of studies on the markets for these services, barriers and competition issues in these markets and the economic value of these licenses. Cooperated closely with the ministry of Culture and the Independent Post and Telecommunications Authority and Competition Authority on market engineering issues. Due to political reasons, these auctions were not implemented. Project director.

1997-2000

Ministry of traffic, water management and public transportation of the Netherlands 

Advise and assist in resolving issues surrounding the organization of the Directorate-General of Telecommunications and Post. Acted as advisor and implementer in the reorganization of the former ‘Hoofd Directie Telecommunicatie en Post’ into the current Directorate General Telecommunications and Post. Designed and implemented an interface relationship with the policymakers at the Ministry with the Radiocommunications Agency.  Was also responsible for the conversion of the Radiocommunications Agency into a more independent Inspectorate for Telecommunications.

1994-1997

Ministry of traffic, water management and public transportation of the Netherlands

Acted as project leader and advisor for the design and implementation of spectrum allocations for FM broadcasting licenses (beauty contest) and GSM/DCS 1800 licenses (auction).

1984 - 1994

Professional Officer in the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces

After having successfully finished the Royal Military Academy, Ton Meuleman followed the regular career steps, starting as platoon commander then deputy company commander, company commander and staff officer at the Army Head Quarters. He left the Army as a professional officer in 1994 (major) and kept on serving the Army as a reserve officer.

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