Consultant Profile

Jim Holmes

Associate Consultant, Market Analysis and Interconnection


Mr. Holmes is a Director of Incyte Consulting, a specialist telecoms policy and regulation practice, based in Melbourne, Australia. He has been involved in a wide range of competition policy, regulatory, and market studies for governments, carriers, financial institutions, and technology companies in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Greece, Korea, New Zealand, Malaysia, Nauru, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.

He has provided consultancy services for many regulatory agencies and government clients, including the Australian Communications Authority, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Australian Department of Communications IT and the Arts, the Malaysian Multimedia Commission, the Ministry of Commerce (New Zealand), the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Hong Kong), the Director General of Communications (Chinese Taipei), the Infocom Development Authority (Singapore), the Australian National Office for the Online Economy, DGPT Indonesia, and the Intelligent Island Board. A substantial proportion of Mr. Holmes's work has involved establishing regulatory regimes based on international best practice, normally modelled on the European Union.

Mr. Holmes has over 30 years operational experience in the telecommunications industry prior to becoming a consultant, mostly at senior management levels within Telstra, Australia's incumbent operator. In various roles while working for Telstra, he was involved in the development and assessment of policy, regulation, and cost issues associated with the evolution of national telecommunications structures into sustainable competitive markets. He is very experienced in those aspects of telecommunications markets most important to national governments, namely universal service, investment, affordability, and equity.

Selected recent projects that Mr. Holmes has had include

  • Advisor, Montenegro: Telecommunications Agency. Advised the Telecommunications Agency in Montenegro on regulatory reforms consistent with the European Union regulatory framework, with particular responsibility for tariffing and interconnection.
  • Hong Kong (Office of the Telecommunications Authority [OFTA]). For OFTA, the regulator in Hong Kong, a study of the regulatory barriers to fixed mobile convergence and recommendations on the forbearance and regulatory rollback that should occur to facilitate convergence and investment in next-generation platforms and networks.
  • Saudi Arabia (Communications and Information Technology Commission [CITC]). For the CITC, the regulator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a major study to develop appropriate methodologies for adoption by the regulator for the definition of telecommunications markets, for assessing dominance (SMP) within those markets, and for applying remedies on an ex ante basis that are appropriate and proportional.
  • Malaysia (Malaysian Access Forum Berhad [MAFB]) For the MAFB, development of a revised Access Code for the sharing, on reasonable terms and conditions, of fundamental and bottleneck facilities and services between access seekers and access providers.
  • United Arab Emirates (Etisalat). For Etisalat, the incumbent in the UAE, development of a reference interconnection offer for the operator to meet the demands of the regulator.
  • Kyrgyz Republic. Advised the regulator in the Kyrgyz Republic on the development of a cost-based interconnection regime.
  • China, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Montenegro, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kiribati, and others: LRIC Cost Modelling for Interconnection and Retail Charge Setting. Performed for the regulators in the listed countries.
  • Interconnection Workshops and regulatory training. Conducted over the past six years for international and regional bodies such as APEC TEL, ITU, PITA (Pacific Island Telecoms Association), APT (Asia Pacific Telecommunity), and WTO.
  • Project Manager: Fixed Mobile Convergence. The project involved examination of the economic costs associated with identified barriers. One of the main barriers was the interconnection framework and the asymmetries in the regulatory approach to fixed and mobile networks. The project was a seminal one, and Mr. Holmes was the project manager and key expert on this project.

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