Profile

Charlie is an experienced economist with specialist expertise in telecoms (mobile and fixed), media, digital services and post. He has extensive experience in the application of economics to these sectors, on issues including horizontal agreements, abuse of dominance, dispute resolution and market reviews.

Prior to joining Oxera, Charlie worked for Ofcom as a Senior Economist, where he was involved in numerous market reviews, charge controls, and competition investigations. Prior to this, he worked for a major management consultancy in London.

Selected project experience

  • Providing ongoing economic and strategy support to a small-island national regulatory authority in relation to all electronic communications markets (2017)

  • Supported a large European broadband network with regard to an ongoing WLA market review (2017)

  • Provided guidance on the economics of net neutrality (especially zero rating) to a large European telecoms operator (2017)

  • Supported a European broadband provider in relation to the stand-alone fixed voice market (2017)

  • Led the delivery of an ex post competition assessment of state aid intervention in the Italian postal market, for the European Commission (2017)

  • Supported a European national regulatory authority in shaping its spectrum release strategy and auction design (2017)

  • Supported a European music collecting society by providing expert economic advice in its (competition and copyright) case against a downstream platform (2016–17)

  • Assessed what charge controls should be applied, and how, to the UK Wholesale Local Access market from 2017 (2015–16)

  • Analysis of competition issues relating to how FA Premier League TV rights are made available in the UK (2015)

  • Assessed the necessity to make starting charge adjustments as part of the UK’s 2016 Leased Lines Charge Control (2015)

  • Analysis of the potential theories of harm in a Competition Act Investigation in the postal sector (2014)

  • Led the economic analysis in a dispute concerning cost orientation of interconnection circuits (2014)

  • Analysis of the relevant market and SMP determination in the UK’s 2014 WBA Market Review (2013–14)

  • Led the economic analysis in a dispute between UK broadband operators relating to single-jumper Local Loop Unbundling (2013)

  • Supported two UK mobile network operators with their 4G network strategy, including network roll-out and procurement (2012)

  • Supported a European national telecoms regulator in implementing a spectrum licence extension programme (2012)

  • Provided strategic advice to a large multination network outsourcer, for the procurement of a new wide area network (2012)

  • Supported a national regulatory authority in implementing a robust regulatory framework for VoIP (2012)

  • Assessed the economics of passive infrastructure access, for a UK fixed operator (2011)

  • Analysed the economic impacts of telecommunications in Canada, for the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (2011)

  • Assessed the issues surrounding domestic mobile termination rate regulation, for a Latin American mobile operator (2011)

  • Analysis of spectrum licensing procedures for a Middle-Eastern regulator (2011)

Qualifications

  • MSc Economics, University of Warwick

  • BSc Economics, University of Southampton