James is a Partner at Analysys Mason and one of the company's most senior regulatory experts.
His experience includes providing specialist advice to operators, regulators and governments, particularly on the underlying economic unit costs of services provided over all forms of wireline and wireless networks, and the policy implications of these results. He has an extensive knowledge of telecoms regulatory best practice around the world.
James has recently worked on a range of topics such as setting prices for telecoms services using an RAB; the economics of rural networks and the costs of broadband USO; FTTx business cases and their policy implications; regulatory cost models of fixed and mobile networks including advanced services such as multicast, as well as 'pure LRIC' costing of termination; proportionate regulation in small countries; access to emergency services on VoIP; costing services on undersea cables; structural separation of incumbent operators in a number of countries; the revision of the EU Framework; commercial due diligence on an incumbent telco; bottom-up local loop cost modelling for copper and multiple fibre architectures, in several countries; the concept of 'unfair burden' in USO; and the regulation of VoIP in Europe.
Before joining Analysys Mason, he worked for the UK ICT consultancy Smith Group (now BAE Systems Applied Intelligence).
In addition to his 30 years' consulting experience, he trained as a physicist and has a PhD (1991) from Durham University.
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