Presentation by Professor Reg Coutts Chairman, Telecommunications Society; Managing Director, Coutts Communication
From an economic theory in the 1950’s to eventual
implementation beginning in the 1990s, Governments and
their regulators have utilised increasingly sophisticated
auctions over the internet decide on the allocation of
spectrum in high demand to telecommunications companies.
Reg has been actively involved in spectrum auctions since
the mid 1990’s when at the University his team first assisted
clients in Australia such as Vodafone to ‘play effectively’ in
the 800/1800MHz auctions. Reg and team members then
assisted clients in Europe and Asia with auctions using the
SMR auction methodology.
From 2010, Reg was an ACMA Authority member when
Australia in 2013 auctioned the 700MHz and 2.5GHz using
the more complex CCA auction methodology which raised
nearly $2billion for the Government. In early 2013, Reg and
one of his former team assisted a regional Telco in Canada
to ‘play effectively’ against the large Telcos there.
This talk will take the attendees through the evolution of
auction methodology from a radical to orthodox method to
efficiently allocate spectrum much in demand to mobile
telecommunications players explaining the development of
internet supported auction methodologies of SMR and CCA
along with the myriad of constraints like spectrum caps and
About the Speaker
After 17 years in Telstra from 1976 till 1993 covering
research through to executive management when Dr Coutts
was appointed to the Professor of Telecommunications at
the University of Adelaide with the key role to build links
between the University and the telecommunications industry.
At the end of 2003 Professor Coutts left the University and
establish Coutts Communications providing strategic advice
to government and industry both in Australia and overseas.
Reg’s depth of experience, knowledge and expertise has
been particularly recognized in recent times with his
appointment to the Government’s expert panel in 2008 on
broadband and in 2010 and he was appointed a part-time
member of the national industry regulator the ACMA. Reg
left the ACMA in May 2014 to return to private practice.
Reg holds a BSc, BE (Hons) and PhD degrees from the
University of Adelaide and is a Fellow of the Australian
Institute of Engineers (IEAust) and a Senior Member of the
American Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
(SMIEEE) and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society
(FACS). In 2010 Reg became a graduate of the Australian
Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is Chairman of
the Australian Telecommunications Association TelSoc
formed in 2013.
Date: Tuesday 16th September 2014
Time: 5:45pm for 6:00pm start
Level 11, 108 King William Street
TICKETS (incl. GST)
Members of EA, IEEE, IET or TelSoc FREE
Please register your attendance
online by 15/9/2014. No refunds for
cancellation however a substitute
will be accepted. Please advise the
name of the substitute prior to the
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