By Ben Simmons

Deloitte, the business advisory firm, has appointed Mark Williams, formerly of the World Bank, as a partner in its economic consulting practice.

Mark will be joining a team of more than 30 in Deloitte’s economic consulting practice, where his focus will be on telecoms clients.

Mark was at the World Bank for five years and previously Frontier Economics for six years. At the World Bank, he led the team designing the bank’s strategy for African broadband infrastructure.

Chris Williams, economic consulting partner said: “We are delighted that someone with Mark’s deep insight of the UK and international telecoms industry has joined Deloitte’s successful economic consulting practice.”

Mark adds: “It is an important time for the telecoms industry around the world. The forthcoming UK spectrum auction will be a key moment for the industry here. Further afield, telecoms companies in emerging markets are struggling to cope with rapid increases in competition which is pushing down prices combined with a pressing need to upgrade networks to cope with the ever increasing demand from their customers for high-speed data services.”

While at the World Bank, Mark published two books on telecoms in Africa, including ‘Africa’s ICT Infrastructure: Beyond the Mobile Revolution’ in June 2011 looking at the history and future of ICT infrastructure on the continent. He has advised both public and private sector clients around the world on a wide range of telecoms regulatory issues. Mark has advised clients around the world from Asia to Africa, Europe to the Middle East.

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