About

 

Matthew produces research for telecoms operators, regulators, investors and technology companies on regulatory issues affecting the communications sector and wider digital economy.

 
 
 
 

Over the last 10 years Matthew has developed expert knowledge of regulatory frameworks for telecommunications and how they impact the players in the sector. He is well regarded in the industry for his understanding of global regulatory developments and ability to explain the implications of regulatory decisions in a simple, clear and confident way.

  • Regular contributor to the international press and broadcast media on a range of telecoms issues given his ability to distil often complex topics in a clear and concise way
  • Has spoken at a number of high profile events in Europe, Asia and Latin America on key policy issues such as net neutrality, spectrum policy and broadband roll out
  • Has developed a wide network of contacts across sectorial regulators, fixed and mobile telecoms operators, vendors, technology companies and the media

Regulatory Policy

  • Custom Regulatory Scorecard for a South East Asia mobile operator, focusing on the group footprint of countries
  • Authored papers on best practice related to functional separation and local loop unbundling in support of an operator’s efforts to reform the regulatory environment in Latin America
  • Acted as a lecturer and mentor as part of a six-month regulatory training workshop for a leading mobile operator in South Korea. Lecture topics and project guidance were in the areas of European spectrum policy, universal service, and the most review of the EU framework for telecommunications
  • Authored a paper on regulatory remedies available to NRAs with a focus on how and when functional separation should be used
  • A study for a Korean operator on the regulation of copper and fibre unbundling based on international best practice
  • Developed a report for a national regulatory authority in Asia on ways to assist the development of its telecommunications industry. The report developed and assessed different options of service development to maximise social and economic benefits
  • Produced a comparative study for a Korean research institute on the demarcation between ex-ante and ex-post regulation. The focus was to outline the role of the national regulatory authority in competition investigations
  • Worked on a scenario planning exercise which analysed the possible impact of future global regulatory policy on a leading VoIP provider
  • Responsible for delivering a monthly regulatory briefing to a leading fixed and mobile operator in Asia-Pacific on key regulatory updates from Europe

Benchmarking

  • Mobile termination rate benchmark for a set of countries in the emerging markets for a leading mobile operator. Report involved detailing the rates, costing methodologies and future glidepaths
  • Development of a fully flexible benchmarking model of physical infrastructure access for a fixed incumbent operator to assist with pricing of its duct and pole product
  • A benchmark of regulated Ethernet pricing in Europe to support an incumbent’s negotiation with alternative operators
  • A benchmark of wholesale line rental monthly rentals and cost methodologies to support an access seekers negotiations
  • A benchmark of fixed interconnection for an incumbent operator in South America in support of their negotiations with the national regulatory authority
  • A comprehensive set of benchmarks and statistical analysis on mobile termination for a new entrant in Europe in support of their negotiations with the national regulatory authority
  • A benchmark of to help settle a Caribbean operator’s on-going mobile termination rate dispute. The project involved briefing a team of lawyers representing one of the operators
  • A study on the current regulation of mobile termination in a selection of European countries that had adopted a technology neutral approach to mobile termination and a theoretical examination of the use of glidepaths to achieve reductions in interconnect rates

Spectrum policy

  • Developed a database of spectrum awards in 42 countries around the world. It includes award processes and licensing across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa
  • A study of how the first digital dividend spectrum would be awarded around the world, on what basis and how it would be used
  • A study for an equipment manufacturer on the availability and detailed award of suitable spectrum in Europe to deploy 4G LTE services (covered spectrum in the 800MHz, 900/1800MHz, and 2.6GHz bands)

Matthew has written a wide range of reports on regulatory and policy issues affecting the sector. Topics have included, but are not limited to: spectrum liberalisation, 4G LTE, national broadband plans, international roaming, independence of national regulators, dispute resolution powers, broadband codes of practice, the tackling of illegal peer-to-peer file sharing, net neutrality, VoIP, functional and structural separation, and the regulation of mobile call termination.

Matthew is frequently quoted in the international press, online and broadcast media including BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5, BBC Breakfast TV, BBC News Channel, BBC World Business Report, CNBC, Sky News, ITV News, Channel 4 News, The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, and the Financial Times. Click here for examples.

  • Chaired a Policy-UK forum on Delivering Britain’s Next Generation Broadband Infrastructure (London, December 2016)
  • Delivered a keynote presentation on policy priorities for broadband deployment at a Huawei marketing event (Shenzhen, January 2016) 
  • Spoke on the topic of affordable Internet access and telco/OTT partnerships at the Innovation Africa Digital Summit (Zimbabwe, April 2015)
  • Gave a seminar on topical European regulatory developments (Tokyo, October 2014)
  • Delivered a plenary presentation at the Asian Carriers’ Conference and a workshop on the appropriate regulatory response to OTT players (The Philippines, September 2013)
  • Chaired a panel at AHCIET’s Regional Telecommunications Conference (Panama, July 2013)
  • Spoke at the 8th Korea Communications Conference on Net Neutrality (Seoul, May 2012)
  • Delivered a workshop on European regulatory updates at the 12th APT Policy and Regulatory Forum (Bangkok, May 2012)
  • Led a workshop on regulating Physical Infrastructure Access at the Telecoms Regulation Forum (London, April 2012)
  • Discussed the award of spectrum for 4G mobile services at the Spectrum Management Forum (Paris, November 2011)
  • Spoke at a Westminster eForum on the topic of the European telecoms framework (London)