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Peter Culham : Associate

Peter is an experienced regulatory and competition economist who has spent the bulk of his career in the communications sector. He joined the Government Economic Service in 1979 and worked in a number of government departments including Transport, Environment and Defence, before joining Oftel, the UK telecoms regulator, in 1986.

At Oftel, Peter worked on a broad range of competition and regulatory issues in the telecoms sector, especially those relating to the promotion of competition and prevention of anticompetitive behaviour. He played a key role in the establishment of interconnection regimes and price controls, especially in the adoption of forward-looking cost methodologies in these areas. Peter became the Chief Economist of Oftel in 1998, a position he held until the formation of Ofcom in 2003. He joined Ofcom as the Director of Competition Economics, and became Chief Economist in 2005, a position he held until his retirement in 2018.

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Peter speaks English.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7776 6600

Peter's specialisms include:


  • MA Economics, University of Essex, UK

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