The telecommunications sector comprises a complex value chain that provides important inputs into businesses and supplies increasingly important services to consumers.
Our team has wide-ranging and in-depth experience in telecommunications and media from both a competition and a regulatory perspective. Our economists have been involved in key telecoms and media mergers including the Telkom/BCX merger (telecommunications), the Media24/Natal Witness merger (newspapers), the Primedia/NAIL merger (radio) and the Naspers/M-Net/Supersport merger (pay television). We have prepared submissions for ICASA and the Department of Communications and engaged in research on a range of topics including call termination, broadband, spectrum and numbering for Neotel as well as work on television for the National Association of Broadcasters.
Expert advice in relation to the large merger between Vodacom and Neotel (2015)
The Acacia Economics team (Simon Roberts, Ryan Hawthorne, Sha’ista Goga, Reena Das Nair, Tamara Paremoer, Thando Vilakazi, Pamela Mondliwa & Anthea Paelo) provided expert advice to ICASA in relation to the merger proceedings between Vodacom and Neotel.
Review of MTN/Telkom and Vodacom/Neotel transactions for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) - South Africa (2014)
Simon Roberts, Ryan Hawthorne and Pamela Mondliwa were part of the Acacia Economics team that provided an analysis of the competition effects of the MTN/Telkom Radio Access Network (RAN) sharing transaction and the Vodacom/Neotel merger to ICASA.
Expert economic advice on a potential complaint in the information and communications technology sector - South Africa (2015)
Simon Roberts, Shaísta Goga and Ryan Hawthorne advised a client on the competition effects of a firm’s conduct in the sector, including on the possible merits of bringing a complaint to the Competition Commission.