Enhancing Connectivity - The Presentations

Enhancing Connectivity Seminar – Brussels Edition

29th June 2015 @ Microsoft’s Executive Briefing Centre, Rue Montoyer 51, Brussels B-1000


The seminar aimed to provide an overview of the key factors that need to be considered in developing and implementing a strategy for improving broadband access.

Presentations (PDF format)


Our speakers

Anna Coast is a Director of Telcoconsulting. She is a senior finance executive who has earned success as a “respected regulatory finance expert” in international organisations.

As an independent analyst she advises on regulatory consultations and cases, network business plans, spectrum finance, Cost of Capital and mobile valuations. She has held a senior finance executive role at BT and Royal Mail. Anna has led training programmes for Regulators and Operators on spectrum finance and recently developed a business plan for an innovative telehealth network service.

Bob Franklin is CEO of Telcoconsulting. He is a recognised international telecoms sector expert, focused on change management in large multinational organisations.

His clients have included Private Equity investments, Telewest (Virgin Media), Royal Mail, Energis electricity telecoms venture, UK Government, Allen & Overy, NERA, Ernst & Young, BDO, and Business Schools.  Overseas clients have included UNDP, European Commission, Malaysia, Croatia, WIK Germany and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation.  In BT, he led the overhaul of the company’s management information, costing and regulatory accounting, Privatisation team member, and internal board reporting and external regulatory information.  He was a director BT Cellular Radio. He originally qualified as an accountant and joined PricewaterhouseCoopers, working at City financial institutions.

Martin Rees is a partner in the Competition/Regulatory team based in London. Martin is a seasoned competition lawyer, with experience working in private practice as well as in-house in the coal and brewing industries. His practice encompasses cartel and abuse of dominance cases before the UK Office of Fair Trading and European Commission, both on behalf of firms under investigation and on behalf of complainants, merger control advice before the UK and EU merger control authorities, appeals and judicial review before the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and plaintiff and defendant litigation before the High Court in London.

In addition, Martin’s practice includes appeals and references to the European Court General Court/Court of Justice, as well as major international arbitration proceedings involving competition law issues.

Martin has considerable knowledge of the competition issues associated with the finance, energy, transport, mining, drinks, retail, telecoms, sports and services sectors. He is a recognized lobbyist, having represented the European brewing industry before the European Commission on new legislation concerning vertical restraints.

Andrew Stirling is an experienced communications consultant whose company (Larkhill) has advised leading companies in the sector, since its foundation in 2005. He also advises entrepreneurs and start-ups.

Building on experience in industry and regulator (ITC/Ofcom), Andrew brings a unique perspective on the interaction between regulation and innovation. Clients have sought his advice on acquiring spectrum and on assisting innovation in digital communication services. His clients have included BBC, BT, Dell, Intel and Microsoft. For Microsoft, he has championed Dynamic Spectrum Access in UK and Europe – leading major trials of the new technology, in Cambridge and Glasgow.

He is Chair of the Centre for White Space Communications and sits on the Advisory Board for Glasgow Future City.


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Our founder, Andrew Stirling, was quoted in a recent article in Videonet by digital broadcasting columnist Barry Flynn, discussing the prospects for TV white spaces coming to a TV set near you. After all the UHF bands which are home to TV white spaces are already well catered for in terrestrial TV receivers and antenna systems.