Paul Budde in Profile

Paul Budde

Paul Budde is the Managing Director of Paul Budde Communication Pty Limited, trading as BuddeComm ( an independent telecommunications research and consultancy organisation. BuddeComm has 15 senior analysts and a large international network of researchers and telecoms experts.

The BuddeComm publications provide strategic telecommunications industry business information on the telecommunications and digital economy markets covering 190 countries, 500 telecoms companies and 200 technologies and applications.

Through BuddeComm Paul develops strategic plans for interactive services, including:

  • Digital information and communications media.
  • Communications and energy network convergence (smart grid).
  • FttH broadband and IP-based infrastructure.
  • Developments in the digital economy, such as trans-sector thinking and the multiplier effect that telecoms infrastructure can offer the healthcare and education sectors, plus sustainability – in short, the building of smart communities.

As part of his consultancy service Paul conducts in-house Strategic Workshops for organisations and individual business executives globally. His regular Roundtables have offered updates and analyses of topical developments, with a focus on networking, facilitating and discussion.

Click on the links for more information on Strategic Workshops.

Paul has acted as policy adviser to Governments in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Netherlands. Ireland, Qatar and the UK on matters such as:

  • Open infrastructure and wholesale industry policies.
  • National broadband infrastructure.
  • Fibre-to-the-home networks.
  • Digital economy issues and trans-sector thinking.
  • Various Senate Inquiries on telecommunications regulatory issues.
  • Appointed advisor to Government commissions.

Paul has also led a team of international experts in the creation of five BigThink reports for the Obama Team:

  • Plans for the transition of the US telecoms industry.
  • Open access policies.
  • Costings and open network issues in relation to FttH deployments.
  • Innovation networks: where e-science and telecoms meet.
  • Trans-sector thinking leading to smarter communities.

ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development

This last report was also presented by Paul to the Ministers for Communications in Australia and New Zealand and to the Minister for Economic Affairs in the Netherlands.

He has been integrally involved in the strategic developments that led to the Australian Government’s National Broadband Network (NBN) and smart grid policies.

Paul has also been involved in the development of the concept of trans-sector thinking; looking at the economic and social multiplier effect that infrastructure has to offer to other sectors such as healthcare, education, energy and the environment.

In 2009 he discussed this in personal meetings with President’s Obama technology advisor in the White House, as well as with senior people within the US Administration and the FCC. In Geneva he also met with the ITU Secretary General, Dr Hamadoun Touré. This, in 2010 led to the formation of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development. For more information on Paul’s involvement see BuddeComms International Broadband and Trans-sector Activities.

Furthermore, Paul has taken on a major role in the following forums:

  • Electronic and Online Services Forum, Initiator and Convener.
  • National Broadband Summit, Initiator and Convener.
  • Smart Grid Australia, Founder and Executive Director.
  • National Local Council Summit, Initiator and Convener.
  • Digital Economy Industry Workgroup, Initiator and Convener.
  • Wholesale Industry Group, Initiator and Convener.
  • Netherlands Australian Broadband Missions, Organiser and Convener.

He has given presentations at the following industry events:

  • World Conference for IT (WCIT), Amsterdam, 2010
  • Guest speaker, GridWeek, Washington DC, USA, to 1,000 international energy and communications company leaders, 2008, 2010.
  • Qitcom, Qatar 2010, 2011.
  • Telecoms Industry Association USA. 2011.
  • Broadband Forum, Amsterdam 2007, which included Australian and Dutch government officials.
  • Industry telecommunications workshop, Guest Presenter, Beijing 2007.
  • Presenter, International Media Symposium, Chennai, India, 2005.
  • Facilitator, regular ongoing industry Roundtables in Australia and New Zealand since 1998.
  • Chairman and Presenter at over 100 industry conferences, such as:
  • Chairman Oceania Com 2008.
  • Chairman National Smart Grid Forum 2008.
  • Chairman Broadband World 2007, 2008.
  • National Telecommunication Summit 2005, 2006, 2008.
  • Presentation to over 50 investment houses in Asia and Europe during 2010

Paul is called upon as an expert contributor, as follows:

  • Australian government publications – Departments of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Communications and Statistics.
  • Honorary consultant on telecommunications and broadcasting for the Australian Macquarie Dictionary.
  • Australian Law Reform Commission, Telecommunications Industry Adviser.
  • Member of the Governments Book Industry Collaboration Council - Digital Industry Expert
  • Regular contributor on telecommunications to ABC, SBS, commercial TV stations, CNNI, CNBC, and numerous printed media.

Paul has also been given recognition within the industry:

  • Acknowledged in 2009 by Communications Day as a leading force in the development of the NBN policy in Australia.
  • Acknowledged for his depth of knowledge on the Asian telecommunications market by Richard Nickelsen, Senior Advisor, Pacific Telecommunications Council.
  • Acknowledged for his influence as a prominent analyst – Power 2002: Who Really Runs Australia – published in the Australian Financial Review.
  • The NOW 2000 – Australian Industry Award for services to the telecommunications industry, 2000.

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Contact Us

References include:

  • 3i Asia Limited
  • AAPT
  • Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Ltd
  • AEGON Asset Management
  • Allens Linklaters
  • Altocor Inc (USA)
  • AMBC Camipat Partners
  • Amcom
  • ANZ Investment Bank
  • AP Wireless
  • Ascend
  • AT&T
  • Aurecon
  • Ausgrid
  • Australian Government (NBN, Smart Grids)
  • Avirnex Communications
  • Azure Capital
  • Babcock Brown
  • BAM +SSB
  • Baring Asset Management
  • Batey Kazoo
  • Bell Resources
  • BlackRock
  • BMC Software
  • Boyer Allan Investment Mngm
  • BP Australia
  • British Government  (Trade & Investments)
  • Broad Peak Investm. Adv. P/L
  • Capella Capital
  • Capital Research Global Investors
  • Capital World Investors
  • C&W Optus
  • Chase Manhattan Bank
  • Cisco Systems Australia
  • City of Sydney
  • Comgest
  • Compaq
  • Computer Associates
  • Compuware
  • Daiwa Asset Management
  • Deutsche Asset Management (Hong Kong) Ltd
  • Energex
  • Ericsson Australia Pty Ltd
  • Ernst & Young
  • EWorld
  • Fidelity International
  • First State Investments (Hong Kong) Ltd
  • Free Net
  • Freehills
  • Fullerton Fund Management
  • GAM International Mgm Ltd
  • Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C
  • Goodbody Ireland
  • Government of Singapore Investment Corp
  • Hamon Investment Group
  • Hasting Council NSW
  • Havas Worldwide
  • Hewlett Packard
  • HSBC Global Asset Management
  • Huawei China
  • Hutchison Telecoms
  • IBM Ltd
  • IIB Queensland Govt
  • Invesco Hong Kong Ltd
  • IQPS
  • JF Asset Management
  • John Fairfax Holdings
  • JP Morgan
  • Krone (Australia) Technique
  • Lake Macquarie Council
  • Legg Mason Hong Kong Asset Management
  • Lend Lease
  • Lion Global Investors Ltd
  • Local Councils Perth
  • Logica Pty Ltd
  • Lucent Technology
  • M2
  • Macquarie Corp. Telecoms
  • Magna Systems & Engineering
  • Mainspring (IBM) USA
  • Marathon Asset Management
  • Martin Currie Investment Management Ltd
  • McDonald Monahan Assoc.
  • McKinsey
  • MFS Investment Management
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs the Netherlands
  • Mondrian Investm Partners Ltd
  • Morgans
  • Morgan Stanley Investment Management Co
  • National Australia Bank
  • National Telecoms Group
  • NEC Australia
  • Netcare Corp
  • Netegrity
  • Newbridge
  • Newsat
  • New Zealand Government (Ultra Fast Broadband Network)
  • NEZU Asia Ltd
  • Nokia
  • Nomura Asset Management
  • Norwood
  • Obama Transition Team (National Broadband Plan)
  • OCH-ZIFF Capital Management
  • Optecom
  • Optus
  • Oracle Corporation
  • Orbis Investment Advisory Ltd
  • Ord Minnett
  • Parliament House Canb.
  • PICTET Asset Mngm  Ltd
  • Pihana Pacific
  • Places Victoria
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Recognition
  • RFS Australia
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Rural Press
  • SA Government
  • Schroder Investment Management (Singapore) Ltd
  • Siebel Inc (Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia)
  • Siemens Australia
  • Sony
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management Co
  • Sybase Australia
  • Telecom New Zealand
  • Telco7
  • Telstra Corporation
  • The L.E.K. Partnership
  • The Rowland Company
  • T.Rowe Price
  • Treasury Asia Asset Mngm
  • Trident Subsea Cable
  • TT International
  • Unisys
  • Urban Growth NSW
  • Utilux
  • Visionstream
  • Wagga Wagga Council
  • Western Power
  • Westpac Bank
  • Woolworths
  • Wyong Council
  • ZTE China

Customised In-house Workshops

Close Personally conducted by Paul Budde, our 3 hour In-house workshops are tailor-made to suit the needs of our clients.

Below is a list of the topics most recently requested by our key clients (investment houses, governments and industry).

Transformation of the telecoms industry – investment focus

  • What are the risks and opportunities in this transformation?
  • Deconstruction and reconstruction of the industry (mergers and acquisitions)
  • Who are the winners and losers?
  • Infrastructure – utility – construction
  • Increased role for IT in telecoms
  • Retail will move to the edge
  • The impact of national broadband networks on the industry and the market.

Governments back in telecoms – policy focus

  • Policy development for digital productivity.
  • Essential infrastructure for many sectors
  • Trans-sector policies needed for e-investments (health, education, energy)
  • Social and economic benefits occur elsewhere
  • Public and private funding – PPP models
  • Government policies and regulatory reforms
  • UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development

Global developments – international focus

  • Australia’s National Broadband Network – setting the scene
  • The American National Broadband Plan
  • Digital productivity in the Netherlands
  • The Ultra-Fast Broadband Network in New Zealand
  • Broadband a human right in Finland
  • The cooperative approach towards infrastructure in Scandinavia
  • The cultural differences in Asia and its effect on telecoms policies
  • The mobile boom in Africa, Asia and Latin America (followed by new fixed infrastructure investments)

Industry and market opportunities – industry focus

  • Country-specific
  • Overview of the major markets (telecoms, broadband, mobile, digital media)
  • Overview and SWAT analyses of the major players
  • Policies and regulations
  • Middle- and long-term forecasts
  • Business opportunities (specific to the individual customer)

A typical workshop begins with a 60-90 minute presentation, which can be interactive. This is followed by a discussion for approximately 60-90 minutes (questions, specific topics etc).

Eight is the maximum number for workshop participants.