Hollyer Associates

Consultants in telecoms technology, regulation and public policy

Hollyer Associates is based around the skills and experience of its Director and Principal Consultant, Peter Walker. Peter also has access to a range of other experts and associates who can assist in assignments.

Peter Walker is a professional telecommunications engineer and has had 43 years experience in the industry. He is widely recognised as a key expert in regulation. He spent 22 years at British Telecom in a range of senior management posts involved in network engineering during the key period when the networks were transitioning from analogue to digital technology. He then moved to become the Director of Technology at Oftel (1993-2003). This has given him unique experience within the regulatory environment during the period when much of today's regulatory system was developed, as well as insight into the way that regulators think. As part of Oftel's senior team, he worked on all the key policy developments, gaining valuable experience of the economic, legal and accounting aspects of regulation in addition to his core engineering skills.

His expertise covers not only the regulatory framework as a whole, but also detailed knowledge of specialist issues such as interconnection, interoperability, numbering (including portability), carrier pre-selection, broadband access (including Local Loop Unbundling), network resilience, and how regulation impacts new technologies such as Next Generation Networks and Voice over IP.

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Why 'Hollyer'?

Peter's mother's maiden name was Hollyer and in his private time he is a keen genealogist studying this name, see here. To rework an old expression: "he liked the name so much, he named his company after it".

Peter Walker is a Fellow of the IET (formerly the IEE) and a member of their Communications Policy Panel, advising on public policyLink to IET site