Set up in 1982 as the think tank of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, WIK (Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur und Kommunikationsdienste GmbH, formerly the Wissenschaftliches Institut für Kommunikationsdienste GmbH) has become Germany’s leading research institute for communications services.
Our scientific work focuses on regulatory and policy issues in the field of telecommunications, post, smart energy as well as digitisation, internet and online platforms.
In order to fulfill its public mandate WIK as a non-profit organization draws up a scientific research program funded by grants. In addition WIK carries out contract research which provides the opportunity to further gain new scientific knowledge.
Since the mid-1990s, WIK has increasingly opened up to international institutions (e.g. European Commission, foreign regulatory authorities), associations and private clients. These activities have been carried out by WIK-Consult since 2000.
WIK is owned by the Federal Republic of Germany represented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. Representatives from science, business and federal authorities actively support the work of WIK on the Supervisory Board and the Advisory Boards with their know-how.