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.
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.
Our scientific work focuses on regulatory and policy issues in the field of telecommunications and post as well as digitisation, intelligent networking and internet including smart energy.
With its work WIK stimulates the public discussion in the above-mentioned subject areas thereby supporting regulatory decisions and preparing concrete political decisions. In the field of digitisation, networking and the Internet, WIK accompanies the political discourse of those responsible.
Since the mid-1990s, WIK has increasingly opened up to international institutions (e.g. EU Commission, foreign regulatory authorities) and private clients. These activities have been carried out by WIK-Consult since 2000.
WIK is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Representatives from science, business and politics actively support the work of WIK on the Supervisory Board and the Advisory Boards with their know-how.