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OTT services in Germany

New consumer behaviour insights

WIK and the University of Applied Sciences Fresenius monitor OTT services and consumer behaviour in Germany. The latest research brief covers mobile messenger apps, telephony services, and music and video streaming. We compare consumer behaviour across 2015 and 2016 and look at currently hot issues around data privacy and algorithms.

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Presentation of the evaluation of the Austrian broadband initiative

An established instrument for assessing policy strategies

In its broadband strategy 2020 the Austrian Federal Government promised to spend 1 bn € resulting from the last mobile frequency auction as a subsidy for broadband roll-out. An electronic map describes the areas eligible for subsidy. There are three programs: Access, Ducts (common construction with utilities) and Backhaul (node locations, i.e. connection for mobile antennas), provided in several calls. The first phase of the State Aid Program was evaluated by WIK and the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO). The evaluation report was presented in Parliament and to the general public on June 6 and 13.

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Economic chances and risks of an extensive harmonisation and centralisation of European telecommunications regulations

Does a further extension of competencies at EU-level foster the European Single Market?

The objective of this study is to provide an objective view on the discussion of costs and benefits of a stronger harmonisation or centralisation of European electronic communications regulation. From our perspective, evolutionary enhancement of regulation under the existing regime seems to be most suitable for the harmonisation of future electronic communications regulation. Overall, the approach to harmonisation needs careful consideration, as not only potential positive effects on the level of the European Single Market but also implications on member states (that could vary by member state and by measure) have to be taken into account.

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Online platforms in Germany

33 billion Euro revenues and 61,000 employees

The strong position of some online platforms, like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple (GAFA), has triggered a public debate about their economic dominance, notorious data collection and massive pull on users. The White Paper on Digital Platforms published by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) highlights how important this matter is to policy makers in Germany. WIK’s research brief provides an overview of online platforms’ economic and societal impacts.

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Review of SMP-Guidelines: WIK-Consult supports European Commission

Should tight oligopolies be regulated?

According to the SMP-Guidelines adopted in 2002 the European Commission should aim at amending these Guidelines whenever appropriate. In order to facilitate the review of the SMP-Guidelines the Commission awarded a study to WIK-Consult. The main objective of the study is to gather relevant information to assist the Commission in evaluating to which extent amendment of the SMP-Guidelines is necessary. In this respect, experience of the NRAs and of the Commission with the application of the regulatory framework and developments in the jurisprudence of the EU Courts and of national courts will be taken into account. In particular the study draws attention on information as regards the developments of EU law and regulatory practice in relation to collective dominance. WIK conducts the study in partnership with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Professor Alexandre de Streel (University of Namur).

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WIK Newsletter No. 107, June 2017

The WIK Newsletter informs about latest research and events carried out by WIK.

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