Portrait of Michael Weekes

Michael Weekes : Principal

Michael is an experienced economist with specialist expertise in telecoms (mobile and fixed), media, and digital services. As a senior member of Oxera’s Digital, Telecommunications, Media and Technology (DTMT) team, he applies economic concepts to provide advice on the issues faced by private companies and public sector authorities. This includes advice on matters relating to the design of regulatory policy to promote investment, cost–benefit analyses, market reviews, state aid assessments and litigation support for competition disputes and regulatory appeals.

Michael is experienced in managing the delivery of large projects for clients, presenting results in front of regulators and competition authorities and supporting experts and Counsel in Court proceedings.

Michael speaks English.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7776 6683

Michael's specialisms include:

Selected
professional experience

  • Advised the Irish telecoms regulator, ComReg, in relation to price controls and the design of an ex ante regulatory margin squeeze test in the wholesale broadband market (2022–24)

  • Advised BT Group in relation to a collective actions case against it for alleged excessive pricing on standalone fixed voice services brought in front of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (2021–24)

  • Advised Telemach Hrvatska, a subsidiary of United Group, in assessing wholesale access and leased lines prices in the context of a potential margin squeeze in the Croatian broadband market (2020–21)

  • Advised the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda on its review of all electronic communications markets on the island, including developing and implementing regulatory remedies (2019–21)

  • Delivered microeconomics and industrial organisation training to the Irish telecoms regulator, ComReg (2020)

  • Advised ComReg on a consumer protection investigation, including on the level of financial penalty to apply (2019–20)

Selected
publications

  • Flórez Duncan, F. and Weekes, M. (2020), ‘Incentivising Investment’, InterMedia, 48:1, pp. 32–36, International Institute of Communications, April.

  • Flórez Duncan, F., Culham, P., Weekes, M. (2019), ‘EU broadband: co-investing in a faster future’, Agenda in focus, September.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Economics, University of Nottingham, UK

Latest Insights:  Michael Weekes

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Mobile network-sharing agreements (NSAs) can support investment by relieving capital constraints, lowering the unit costs of expanding networks, and generating network cost savings that reduce both the scale of the…
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We share some reflections on the final results of the 5G UK auction following their publication by Ofcom on 27 April. The results confirm that the auction resulted in an…
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The latest auction for 5G frequencies in the UK has generated lower prices than in the past, surprising  some commentators. We share some reflections on this outcome by also comparing…
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Prior to early 2020, the idea of living remotely might have triggered visions of moving to the northernmost Scottish island, or to the far edges of Alaska, and becoming self-sufficient—retreating…

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