Our Recent Work

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This list below provides our selected recent projects. For more information, please contact us.

Technology, Networks & Operations

  • Regional Manitoba ISP – NE&S assisted the client in Technical Planning and Business Case Analysis in support of its May 2020 application to the CRTC Broadband Fund. The project team assessed current bandwidth availability, community engagement network routing options, logic network diagram, capital costs of network components, OPEX, revenues and the overall technical and business case feasibility for the extension of broadband access to underserved communities in SW Manitoba – based on a combined FWA and FTTH solution.
  • Canadian Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) and MNO – Assistance in network planning, technology strategy, vendor selection, budget planning, funding applications and regulatory filings.
  • Large Ontario ISP – TPIA and FWA –  Development of the technology strategy and business plans for an underground fiber Roll-out Project, valuation of fiber assets owned by partner utility company,  updating of the business and technical plans for rollout of a FWA network (including assessment of market potential), inventory of spectrum resources available and associated restrictions, vendor selection process for a (FWA initiative), the reporting to ISED on Connecting Canadians funding and other related activities.
  • Canadian Small Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (SILEC) – Assistance in the review of MVNO tariff application submitted by large incumbent MNOs and preparation of regulatory submission to CRTC (Canadian commercial regulator) in response to MNOs’ MVNO tariff submission. Key issues examined included conditions for access to incumbent networks, changes to domestic roaming provisions, commercial and business processes, operational considerations, permitted service offerings, network architecture, technical operational considerations including interconnections between carriers, RAN definition, etc.

Spectrum Planning & Auctions

  • Major National ISP in Saudi Arabia – Spectrum Valuation to serve as the basis for Acquisition of 3500 MHz Spectrum from a competitor.
  • Operator in South Africa – Advisory and Simulation Software for multi-band auction (partnering with a consulting firm based in Germany)
  • US cableco / (partnering with a US based consultancy) – Assistance for the October 2021 Auction 110: 3.45 GHz Service Auction, the 2021 3.5GHz Auction, the 2021 Reverse Auction and the 2021 CBRS Auction in understanding FCC licensing framework and rules and application of auction simulation and tracking tools
  • Regional Canadian MSO – Cable, Telephony, Fibre and Mobility – Auction Strategy Advisory and Software Simulation for 2021 ISED 3500 MHz Spectrum Auction. Supported the client with industry insight including competitive & regulatory landscape and rival bidders’ behavior, simulation of various scenarios, support in regulator’s mock auction, tracking tool and in real auction event.
  • Canadian ISP – FWA and satellite and MNO (partnering with a US based consultancy) – Assistance in Understanding ISED Licensing Framework and Rules for the 2021 3.5GHz Auction and Application of Auction Simulation and Tracking Tools.
  • Canadian Satellite Operator & Services provider – Assistance in Understanding ISED Licensing Framework and Rules for the 2021 3.5GHz Auction and Application of Auction Simulation and Tracking Tools.
  • Myanmar Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) – Spectrum Management and Implementation Support funded by the World Bank, NE&S principals lead a 2-year Spectrum Management and Implementation Support project to assist in the develop a 5-year spectrum strategy ‘Roadmap’, update the National Table of Frequency Allocations, manage a tendering process for a Monitoring system and develop regulatory frameworks for licensing, site approval, unlicensed bands, etc. Read More

Economic Impact Analysis

  • Halton Region (Ontario, Canada) Digital Access Strategy: NE&S in partnership with Nordicity completed a detailed study on Halton Region’s Digital Access Strategy (HDAS). The project scope included a) detailed assessment of the Region’s digital infrastructure readiness, b) identification of options for next generation broadband connectivity in the Region (5G and Fibre) and its associated socio-economic benefits, and c) recommended digital access implementation action plan. Read More
  • Alberta Innovates: NE&S in association with Gross Gilroy Inc., developed an economic impact assessment (EIA) model to study the retrospective and prospective impact of Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA). This economic impact analysis covered RINSA’s services and support programs targeting start-ups and SMEs within the technology and innovation landscape.
  • Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia: NE&S principals in association with its international partner Mobile Systems International (MSI) completed a study on the “Current and Future Status of the Telecom and ICT sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)”. Based on a detailed economic and financial modeling, developed three expert reports (a) the status of the KSA’s ICT (including Telecom) sector, (b) Benchmarking analysis with 13 countries (UK, USA, Australia, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Luxembourg, Ireland, Canada, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar), (c) Gap Analysis with the recommendations for narrowing the gap vis-à-vis benchmark countries. In addition, developed a detailed forecast model to assess the economic impact of KSA’s ICT Telecom sector including impact of 5G deployment and regulatory initiatives e.g., structural separation, licensing of MVNOs, and different M&A scenarios. As part of the project scope, NE&S principals also developed a detailed investment tool to estimate investment required to roll out 5G networks and FTTH network under different scenarios.
  • Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Tourism, Republic of Suriname: NE&S principals conducted econometric analysis to assess the impact of the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and creative sectors and their impacts on economic growth in Suriname. The study examined the quality of economic linkages and public policy framework, together with several other critical issues that are instrumental to the growth of ICT and Creative Sectors in Suriname including data collection strategies, quantitative and qualitative assessments of contribution to GDP, productivity analysis, optimising innovation systems for ICT and creative sector along with feasible intervention strategies. A survey of firms in collaboration with a local partner, Equal Chances (ECGD) was administered to collect financial and operating data from firms and institutions having significant activity and employment in the ICT and Creative Sectors.
  • Cogeco Communications Inc., Canada: NE&S principals completed an expert report demonstrating favourable economic impact of the competition introduced in the mobile wireless industry under the “Hybrid Mobile Network Operator” or “HMNO” framework proposed by Cogeco. (Ref. TNC CRTC 2019-57 Review of Mobile Wireless Services). Read More.
  • Huawei, Canada: NE&S principals completed a detailed for Canada’s readiness for AI technology development and its standing among the leading AI countries. The project also included detailed economic impact forecast assessment (modelling) of potential benefits (GDP, employment, productivity gains) of AI adoption across different sectors of the Canadian economy. The report presented the conclusion and recommendation for Huawei Canada on how to move forward in AI engagement in Canada.

 Broadband Strategic Plan

  • Northumberland County – Economic Development Department Project name: Feasibility Study and Develop a Broadband Strategic Plan. Read More
  • Quinte West County – Information Technology & GIS Services Corporate & Financial Services Project name: Feasibility Study and Develop a Broadband Strategic Plan.
  • Township of Leeds & Thousand Islands (TLTI) Department of Planning & Development – Broadband Network Business Plan Mar 2021. Read More
  • Large Ontario ISP – TPIA and FWA – FTTH (Fibre to the home) Business Case Study.

Investment Analysis & Business Valuation

  • Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade (DFATD) Investor Services – Telecommunications/5G/Wireless Investment Case. Read More
  • Canadian Regional Cableco – Strategic Business Plan to expand LTA-A FWA+FTTH Footprint in Rural areas of Canada. Developed a customized technical/financial business model for the Cableco, for its FWA+FTTH hybrid network build. The objective of the project was to develop a tool to facilitate strategy analysis of FWA vis-à-vis FWA/FTTH hybrid solutions for the clusters selected by the Cableco.
  • Invest Ottawa – NE&S principals conducted a supply chain analysis for Invest Ottawa, in the principle of the FDI market for Europe and Canada.

Regulatory Support

  • An association of Small Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers – Technology Strategy and Regulatory Assistance in Preparation of the clients’ reply comments to two ISED (Canadian spectrum regulator) consultations. 1) Amending Cellular and PCS Licence Conditions – including deployment Conditions at renewal; and 2) New Access Licencing Framework, Changes to Subordinate Licencing and White Space to Support Rural and Remote Deployment. Read More
  • An Association of Small Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers – Preparation of an unsolicited submission to ISED (Canadian spectrum regulator) requesting an administrative declaration aimed at closing a policy gap resulting from the use by the CRTC (Canadian telecoms commercial regulator) of spectrum ownership as an eligibility criteria for its new MVNO policy without consideration with a legacy type of service area that ISED is slowly transitioning from, thus preventing the members of the association from accessing the MVNO regime. Mandate included survey of stakeholders, compilation, and analysis of survey results and drafting of the submission for the association.
  • ISP in Saudi Arabia – Response to CITC public Consultation on an Information Memorandum for the Spectrum auction of 2100 MHz Radio Licenses for Non-Terrestrial Networks. Project Description: NE&S team provided regulatory, technical and market analysis relevant to the consultation and drafted Salam’s submission.
  • Canadian Small Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (SILEC) – Assistance in the review of MVNO tariff application submitted by large incumbent MVOs and preparation of regulatory submission to CRTC (Canadian commercial regulator) re. response to MNOs’ MVNO tariff submission. Key issues examined included conditions for access to incumbent networks, changes to domestic roaming provisions, commercial and business processes, operational considerations, permitted service offerings, network architecture, technical operational considerations including interconnections between carriers, RAN definition, etc.
  • Large Canadian Independent ISP and Network Operator – Assistance in Preparation of Submission to ISED re. Consultation on a Streamlined Framework for Auctioning Residual Spectrum Licenses.
  • An association of Canadian ISPs – Technology Strategy and Regulatory Assistance in Preparation of the association’s reply comments to ISED (Canadian spectrum regulator) re. Consultation on the Use of the 3.65GHz and 3.9GHz bands. Key issues included access to secure and affordable spectrum for smaller facility-based service providers, conditions of access to incumbent networks, migration of services from 3G and 4G to 5G technology and services platforms.
  • Canadian Association of Wireless ISPs (CanWISP) – ISED Spectrum Outlook 2018-2022 Consultation. NE&S principals assisted CanWISP in their submission to ISED’s consultation on the Spectrum Outlook 2018-2022 and developed a ‘whitepaper’ (expert report) that examined the technology evolution, spectrum needs and utilization of service providers and benchmarked regulatory frameworks on key issues such as the availability of secure, affordable spectrum. The finding of the whitepaper was incorporated into CanWISP’s submission.

Funding Applications

  • Northumberland County – Preparation of financial and technical models and submit documents to the ISED Universal Broadband Fund. Read more
  • Quinte West County – Preparation of financial and technical models and submit documents to the ISED Universal Broadband Fund.
  • A Manitoba regional ISP – Support the organization in responding to clarification questions form CRTC in relation to the firm’s funding application submitted under the CRTC Broadband Fund.
  • 5 Ontario and Quebec ISPs – NE&S principals assisted 5 Quebec & Ontario ISPs (St Clair, Six Nations of Grand River Development Corporation / SILO Wireless, Navigue, TekSavvy & Distributel) in preparing their technical and financial plans as the basis for individual applications to the ISED Connect to Innovate Broadband Funding window. Our team assessed: current bandwidth availability, community engagement, mapped fibre routes/microwave links, coverage maps, network routhing options, logic network diagram, capital costs of network components, OPEX, revenues and the overall technical and business case feasibility for the extension of FWA &/or FTTH broadband access to underserved communities.
  • 5 Ontario and Quebec ISPs – NE&S principals assisted 5 Quebec & Ontario ISPs (Access Communications, Fiberwave, Netago, Northwind Wireless, Teksavvy) in preparing their technical and financial plans as the basis for individual applications to the ISED Connect to Innovate Broadband Funding window. Our team assessed: current bandwidth availability, community engagement, mapped fibre routes/microwave links, coverage maps, network routing options, logic network diagram, capital costs of network components, OPEX, revenues and the overall technical and business case feasibility for the extension of FWA &/or FTTH broadband access to underserved communities.
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