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Nigel Attenborough

Affiliated Industry Expert

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MBA, Kingston University
MSc in energy economics, University of Surrey
BA in economics, Cambridge University


Mr. Attenborough specializes in the application of economics to the telecommunications industry. He has undertaken and directed a range of projects for telecommunications companies, regulatory authorities, and government departments in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia, and South America. These have involved a whole variety of topics, including market definition and the analysis of competition, the impact of liberalization, regulation of NGNs, assessment of different regulatory regimes, development of regulatory strategy, pricing strategy, the setting of price caps, tariff rebalancing, price discrimination and price squeezes, universal service, number portability and allocation and spectrum management and allocation.  He also has extensive experience with the construction of LRIC models of interconnection costs, cost allocation, accounting separation, efficiency comparisons, benchmarking studies, licence valuations, demand forecasting and financial and price cap modelling, cost benefit analyses, and economic impact studies.

Mr. Attenborough has been an expert witness in a variety of cases, and has testified before international and domestic tribunals. In arbitration matters he has appeared before the ICC, UNCITRAL, the UK Lands Tribunal, and UK Tax Tribunals. Examples include the valuation of BT for the purposes of setting business taxes; a number of cases in Australia including the setting of mobile termination rates and the pricing of unbundled local loops and access to infrastructure; two cases involving the estimation of damages in relation to the delayed start up of and restricted access to submarine cables; the estimation of damages relating to breach of a telecommunications revenue sharing contract in Poland; the estimation of damages resulting from the loss of a mobile telecommunications license in a Middle Eastern country; the existence of a price squeeze and the related damages in a case involving mobile phone operators in Belgium; and the size and nature of grey markets for mobile handsets.

Prior to joining NERA in 1991, Mr. Attenborough worked for five years at BT, latterly as the head of regulatory economics and competition policy. He provided directors and senior managers with advice and analyses on economic issues relating to regulation and pricing, and also managed teams responsible for policy development and analysis of fair trading and competition issues and for dealings with Oftel on matters relating to financial regulation. Earlier he was an economic adviser to the Department of Trade and Industry and to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission.

Mr. Attenborough has a BA in economics from Cambridge University, an MSc in energy economics, with distinction, from the University of Surrey, and an MBA from Kingston Business School, where he won the BPP prize.