Tony Lavender is a Senior Advisor and former partner at Plum. He specialises in regulatory and policy issues across telecommunications and radio spectrum with a particular focus on the business and strategy implications of regulatory change. Tony has undertaken studies for government / regulator clients, operators and equipment vendors in many parts of the world. He has looked at many technical issues and their impact on regulation advising particularly in the area of next generation networks and network access and on the use of radio spectrum. Tony’s advice has been used by clients to further influencing work for changes in regulation – for example, agenda items on access to new frequency bands for mobile services at WRC23/27.
Tony is an expert at the application of analytical techniques to establish the impact of policy development or other changes across a wide range of stakeholders. He has assessed the economic benefit that would be delivered through the change of use or sharing of various frequency bands for mobile broadband services, most recently looking at the use of 3400-4200 MHz in London and Shenzhen; made recommendations for UK policy makers through the UK Spectrum Policy Forum on Licensed Shared Access (LSA); advised on the practical implementation of digital switchover; and examined competition and state aid issues for the deployment of fibre. Tony was also a member of the Expert Panel established by the UK Government to consider incorporation of social value into spectrum allocation decisions.
Tony is a chartered engineer and a member of the UK Institute of Engineering and Technology. He has a BSc in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of London.