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establishment of Windsor Place Consulting
in July 2000, the company has been primarily focussed on meeting client
needs in Asian markets especially Malaysia. Major client activities include:
consultancy project in July 2003 on a specific telecommunications policy
question for iDA Singapore (the Singaporean regulator) (see www.ida.gov.sg)
draft Communications Law for the ITU/Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications
Department to replace antiquated colonial era sector legislation (May
to July 2003)
to Telekom Malaysia from July 2000 on a range of regulatory and corporate
strategy issues including:
issues associated with the conditional migration of Telekom Malaysia
and its group companies to the new regime established by the Communications
and Multimedia Act 1998 and the Licensing Regulations 2000;
in late 2001 with Spectrum Strategy Consultants of the United Kingdom
and Singapore (see www.spectrumstrategy.com)
of a report analysing a range of spectrum issues.
issues associated with the granting of applications service provider
licences - including IP Telephony licences - by Malaysian Communications
and Multimedia Commission (the industry regulator) to other market participants;
- the formulation
of various positions and submissions on access/interconnection issues
generally (including equal access, preselection, VOIP and the Internet)
and specifically in relation to the Commission's proposed Access List
Determination (the list of essential facilities and services) and Statement
on Access Pricing Principles;
with formulation tariff and tariff rebalancing proposals;
in relation to competition policy and law issues raised by the Commission
and new entrants as provided for in the Communications and Multimedia
in the formulation of Telekom Malaysia's response to the Commission's
proposed System of Universal Service Determination and contribution
in relation to Malaysia's proposed licensing of 3G operators;
- a range
of other regulatory and strategic issues including Telekom Malaysia's
group restructuring, spectrum, numbering and electronic addressing issues.
to Telekom Malaysia in relation to the proposed Initial Public Offering
("IPO") of Telkom SA. Telekom Malaysia is in a joint venture
with Southwestern Bell Corporation International ('SBCI') (see www.sbc.com/International)
of a 30 percent stake in Telkom SA (see www.telkom.co.za).
to Telekom Malaysia in relation to the successful Initial Public Offering
("IPO") of Telkom SA on the NYSE and Johannesburg
Stock Exchange on 4 March 2003 [NYSE Symbol TKG]. Telekom Malaysia is
in a joint venture (Thintana Communications LLC) with Southwestern
Bell Corporation International ('SBCI') (see www.sbc.com/International
) of a 30 percent stake
in Telkom SA (see www.telkom.co.za ).
of Laws in Communications and Asian Law 1998 [after successfully completing
the requirements of a Graduate Diploma of Media, Communications & IT Law in 1993] University of Melbourne.
of Laws 1991 (focusing on commercial law), University of Queensland.
of Economics 1986 (majoring in micro & macroeconomics), University
Papers submitted for Masters of Laws at University of Melbourne,
Evaluation the current Australian regulation
of the broadcast and
publication of violent material. (1993)"
to the establishment of Windsor Place Consulting in July 2000
Culter & Company
1993 to July 2000, Scott Minehane was a Director and Senior Consultant
with Cutler & Company - a leading Australian telecommunications policy
consulting firm. For Cutler & Company, he specialised in providing strategic
planning and practical support to institutions operating in the fields
of telecommunications, broadcasting, satellite, multimedia, ecommerce
and service industries in Asia-Pacific region.
Cutler & Company, Scott Minehane directed major client projects in
Asia, Africa and Australia including:
Adviser to Telekom Malaysia from early 1995 to 2000 on a range of corporate
strategy, regulatory, tariffing, universal services, trade practices
and interconnection issues associated with the liberalisation of the
Malaysian communications sector and the passage of Communications and
Multimedia Act 1998. This has included providing advice to and participating
in negotiations for Telekom Malaysia’s joint ventures in Bangladesh,
Thailand, Ghana and Malawi. He has personally negotiated over 20 interconnection
and access agreements for new fixed and mobile entrants and ISPs.
Adviser to International Business Operations of Telekom Malaysia for
their successful acquisition with Southwestern Bell Corporation International
('SBCI') of a 30 percent stake in Telkom South Africa in May 1997 for
Adviser to Telkom SA from 1998 to 1999 on a range of corporate strategy,
regulatory and interconnection issues including broadband access issues
and participation in interconnection agreement negotiations.
Adviser & negotiator for Telekom Malaysia's bid for a majority stake
in the then to be privatised Uganda Telecom Limited during 1998.
From 1997 to 1999 under the auspices of the Australian Government's
Office of Asset Sales and IT Outsourcing ('OASITO') member of the Industry
Development Evaluation Team ('IDET') responsible for assessment of bids
(and negotiation of associated contractual schedules) for the outsourcing
of Australian Government's IT&T needs. Some AUD4 billion in outsourcing
contracts were undertaken during this period.
Adviser from 1999 until 2000 to a large multinational IT services company
on outsourcing and industry development activities in relation to the
outsourcing of Australian Government's IT&T needs.
Adviser to clients in relation to the Australian communications market
(including ecommerce) and related regulated requirements.
Adviser to New T&T and Wharf Cable in Hong Kong from 1994 to 1997 on
regulatory, financial, access and interconnect issues associated with
cable television and telecommunications network competition to Hong
Adviser - from 1993 to 1995 -to the South African Department of Posts
and Telecommunications on the introduction of cellular competition,
interconnection, legal regulatory framework, frequency management and
the creation of a Chart of Accounts and Cost Allocation Manual. Co-author
with Dr Cutler of the independent assessment of competing bids for South
Africa cellular licences which were awarded to Vodacom and MTN in 1993
for Rand 100 million plus a percentage of net turnover and a range of
Corporate Adviser to an offshore investment fund manager in respect
of its potential purchase of a national radio network in Australia in
Assisted in the preparation of a technical expert's report prepared
for the Prospectus and subsequent Public Offering on the Australian
Stock Exchange of a provider of communications and satellite services
including assessing the key demand parameters and addressable markets
in 1995 and for other related prospectus expert reports.
For foreign clients prepared a detailed analysis of equal access arrangements
in Australia and New Zealand for arbitration proceedings.
Assisted in the preparation (including interviews with key market participants)
on the relative global competitiveness of Australia's information industries
entitled, Serious Player or Spectator? This study was commissioned by
the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with
the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Tourism which was
completed in early 1997.
Directed the preparation of market report evaluating the potential for
a cellular network in Mozambique in 1996.
Assisted in the preparation of reports reviewing telecommunications
sectors for Pacific Island countries.
Advised clients in respect of price based frequency spectrum auctions
Managed submissions to Australian regulatory bodies in relation to anti-competitive
conduct in value added services.
GOVERNMENT – DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY, TECHNOLOGY & COMMERCE
1989 to early 1993, Scott Minehane held a position with the Australian
Department of Industry, Technology & Commerce, this followed his recruitment
as a Graduate Economist by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in early
1989. This Department (whose responsibilities are now shared by the Department
of Industry, Science and Resources and Department of Communications, Information
Technology and the Arts) was responsible for Australian industry policy.
In just over three years Scott Minehane rose to the position of Assistant
Director of the Telecommunications section managing five to six staff
with responsibility for formulating and advising on telecommunications
industry policy in Australia.
In this latter
position Scott Minehane was required to brief Cabinet Ministers, liaise
with industry associations, key market participants including telecommunications
operators and service providers and manufacturers. He worked to senior
Department officers with broader policy responsibility for the whole of
the Australian information industries. He also developed a detailed knowledge
of companies in the Australian telecommunications and broadcasting sectors
including, their management, structure, profitability, culture and general
during this period included:
Seconded Departmental representative on Communications Selection Team
(including core negotiating team) within the Department of Communications
that undertook the selection of Australia's third public mobile telecommunications
operator (Vodafone) in 1992 for AUD140 million. This team was also responsible
for the selection of Australia’s satellite subscription TV operators.
Seconded Departmental representative on Second Telecommunications Carrier
Selection Team within the Department of Communications that selected
Australia’s second telecommunications carrier (Optus) in 1991 for AUD800
million including preparation of the Information Memorandum supplied
Development of the industry arrangements to apply in Australia from
1991 with the introduction of telecommunications competition including
the establishment of the Telecommunications Industry Development Authority
('TIDA') reporting to the relevant Minister. He also advised his Minister
on the implications of the proposed legislative changes to the Telecommunications
Act during the early 1990's reform process.
Manager of the Industry Development Arrangements for the manufacture
of telecommunications customer premises equipment (1990/91).
Preparation of Cabinet submissions on Government IT purchasing, multimedia
and venture capital issues for the IT sector.
Served on the Department's internal Telecommunications Policy Review
taskforce (1990) evaluating the future of AUSSAT with his main areas
of responsibility being cellular telecommunications, spectrum and ownership
and structural issues.