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Gigabit networks for Germany

How can politicians and regulators further the way towards a gigabit society?

Against the backdrop of the compilation of the White Paper on Digital Platforms of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, WIK has analysed core questions with regard to the gigabit society and has exhibited suggestions how to reply to them: 

  • What are main characteristics of gigabit networks and which technologies fulfil the prerequisites to contribute to a gigabit society? 

  • What are main incentives to invest in gigabit networks and what coverage scenarios can be expected against this background?

  • What alternatives do policymakers and regulators have to further the spread of gigabit networks and how can these alternatives be judged from an economic perspective?

Important results of this report have found their way in the White Paper on Digital Platforms.

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Intelligent networks in practice

andi.digital shows digitisation in health, education and other sectors

The analysis and demand-side observation of digitisation and smart networks (ANDI) publishes the results of several representative surveys concerning the actual use of solutions for digitisation and smart networks among professional users in the sectors education, energy, government, health, and transport in Germany. In total, almost 5,000 professional users have been surveyed. Thus, ANDI is the most comprehensive data set on smart networks in Germany.

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Billions of users, $5.6 trillion in global economic impact

Applications such as iMessage, KakaoTalk, LINE, Signal, Skype, Snapchat, Threema, Viber, WhatsApp, and WeChat have become increasingly popular with consumers around the world.

Our study finds that a 10%-increase in the global usage of these applications has led to an increase of $5.6 trillion in GDP across 164 countries over 16 years (2000 to 2015). Furthermore, we find a significant societal impact of these apps in both developed and developing countries.

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WIK advised regulator BIPT on cost orientation of bpost’s letter prices

BIPT rejects price increases proposed by bpost

In 2016, WIK has prepared a study on cost orientation for Belgian regulator BIPT to support a price regulation procedure. First of all a transparent methodology to verify whether bpost’s prices are cost-oriented, and thus implement relevant legal provisions in Belgium was developed in the study. WIK then supported BIPT in carrying out a detailed review of bpost’s costs and proposed prices. The BIPT case and WIK’s study relate to public tariffs for letters and parcels offered to consumers and small business users. In March 2017, BIPT has rejected the price increase bpost had proposed for 2017. BIPT has published its decision and the WIK report in May 2017.

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Best practice for passive infrastructure access

WIK derives reference for infrastructure access from 5 leading countries

Access to the incumbents' passive infrastructure is an essential element for promoting broadband rollout. On behalf of Vodafone WIK has collected best practices of access to ducts, poles and in-building infrastructure in several leading European countries (DE, ES, FR, PT, UK). It has combined these practices to a guideline, for deriving recommendations to national regulatory agencies and the European Commission.

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Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)

Forecast study on SDN and NFV and their implications on the telecommunications landscape

Using a Delphi panel of close to 700 experts from 55 countries, this study explored the technological, economic, and regulatory implications of SDN and NFV. The study describes corresponding Capex and Opex reductions. While cost reductions are significant, they appear to be somewhat lower than expectations presented in industry outlooks.

As regards the regulatory implications of SDN and NFV, the present study shares BEREC’s view that it is premature to make any specific recommendations.

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