Richard Feasey, an Associate at Frontier, provides advice and support to Telecoms and Competition Practice clients. An industry veteran, Richard started in 1991 when the UK was first to liberalise local telecoms services. At cable operator TeleWest and fixed wireless start up Ionica, he helped establish regulatory models soon adopted throughout the world. Richard negotiated the first ever local interconnection agreement (with BT), implemented UK number portability and introduced European unmetered internet access and local loop unbundling.
As the rest of Europe and Asia opened to competition after 1998, Richard moved to MCI Worldcom and then to Vodafone to build competitive businesses outside of the UK. He has worked throughout Europe, the US and Asia for over 20 years, 12 of them as Vodafone’s Group Director of Public Policy. Richard has driven spectrum reforms, including reframing and the adoption of auctions, throughout Europe. He has negotiated international roaming regulations and led European regulatory framework reviews. He has been involved in numerous financing activities, including TeleWest and Ionica IPOs, debt financing and ongoing equity market communications. He has chaired various industry bodies, being the first for the GSMA Regulatory Committee.
In addition to Frontier, Richard advises several telecoms associated firms and international trade associations. He is Senior International Adviser to Wiley Rein, a Washington DC law firm specialising in telecoms and ICT and an Advisory Board member of Gigaclear plc. Closely following the industry and writing extensively about it (www.fronfraithltd.com), he lectures and advises at University College London, and Kings College, London.