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WIK Conference

"The future of connectivity" on 16-17 October 2018 in Brussels

Join us to explore the practical implications of the new EU Electronic Communications Code as well as future challenges.

The conference will feature an introduction to the Code from Anthony Whelan, Director for Electronic Communications at the European Commission, as well as sessions exploring the implications of the Code for access, co-investment, and 5G deployment. A special session will be devoted to addressing the broadband gap. Elisabetta Ripa (CEO Open Fiber) and Wilhelm Eschweiler (Vice-President BNetzA) will present their visions of a Gigabit society. Professor Ingo Vogelsang will give a keynote address on "Have we reached the end-game of telecommunications policy?".

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WIK Conference

"Platforms. Data. Policy." on 18 October 2018 in Brussels

The Digital Single Market is manifesting in regulations such as "promoting fairness and transparency for business users of intermediation services" (Platform B2B), "a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the European Union" and "concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications" (ePrivacy). But striking a balance between data protection and a thriving data economy can be difficult. Along with new developments revolving around online platforms, algorithms, artificial intelligence, voice assistants and the Internet of Things (IoT) further challenges for policy makers are likely to arise.

In this conference, we will discuss questions, chances and problems arising from over-the-top (OTT) services, online platforms and algorithms. We will elaborate on their implications for regulatory and competition enforcement. Leading experts will share their visions for the data economy in Europe.

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WIK Conference

netconomica 2018 "Digitalisierung der Energiewirtschaft: Zwischen Regulierung und Wettbewerb" on 22 November 2018 in Bonn

Smart Grids und Smart Meter sind in der Diskussion um die Digitalisierung der Energiewirtschaft zwei der meistgenannten Begriffe. Sieben Jahre nach deren Einführung durch die Bundesnetzagentur hat sich vieles verändert, aber viele entscheidende Fragen zur Umsetzung stehen noch an, z.B.:

  • Wann startet der Smart-Meter-Rollout?

  • Stehen für die Energiewirtschaft Frequenzen zum Aufbau einer Funk-Infrastruktur zur Verfügung?

  • Ist eine ausreichende Zahl an Endgeräten verfügbar?

  • Mit welchen Mehrwertdiensten gelingt der Einstieg in die smarte Energiewelt?

Die netconomica 2018 nimmt diese Aspekte auf und fragt, welcher Realität wir uns im Jahre 2018 gegenüber sehen und welche Entwicklungen zu erwarten sind.

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IT security in SMEs

Event organised by WIK and HTAI Hessen, 25th September, Darmstadt

State Secretary Mathias Samson will open a specialist event for IT security experts and interested companies on the situation of IT security in SMEs at the Haus der Wirtschaft Südhessen on 25th September. Best practice examples provide concrete recommendations for your own IT security strategy. Dr. Iris Henseler-Unger and Annette Hillebrand present the results of the current WIK study. The event is free of charge, but a registration is required.

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Is co-invest the solution for the German broadband market?

WIK discussion paper analyses co-invest from an economic point of view and presents experiences from abroad

Co-investment models can pave the path to comprehensive gigabit networks in Germany. They spread the costs and risks of the expansion across several players, contribute to an increase in network utilisation and thus improve the business case of FTTB/H expansions. Possible negative competitive effects, particularly in the case of a participation of dominant suppliers, need to be evaluated, however, and potentially addressed by appropriate remedies.

A look abroad shows that the design of the models varies greatly and depends on the specific market conditions. Of particular importance is the relevance of access to passive infrastructure.

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WIK identifies the requirements of the gigabit world 2025+ on competition policy and regulation

In its 2018 coalition agreement, the German government clearly committed itself to expanding gigabit networks in Germany by 2025. At the same time, the Code defined the rules at European level under which the path to a gigabit society is ought to be successful. The present study dares to look forward to a gigabit world 2025+ in which comprehensive fibre-optic infrastructures exist and a "steady state" has thus been achieved from an economic point of view.

One important finding is that intensive infrastructure competition is not a necessary prerequisite for the far-reaching digital transformation of economy and society as long as open access is realised. At the same time, the possibility of significantly reducing the scope and complexity of the existing market regulation is at hand. While a sustainable deregulation seems necessary with regard to competition regulation, non-competitive aspects such as security of supply, data security and data integration as well as consumer protection are gaining in importance in line with the increasing relevance of digital applications for economic and social life.

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Do network planners see the big picture?

An analysis of future demand for data due to audiovisual content

The consumption of video content via the Internet is becoming increasingly popular, including in Germany. The proportion of consumers who only watch content made available on the Internet is rising steadily and is already 21% in Germany by 2017. This increase in usage is often cited as the cause of the rapid increase in the amount of data transmitted via the network infrastructure. By using the results from three representative surveys in Germany, the discussion paper derives possible scenarios for the future consumption of video content and discusses the resulting data load on the network infrastructure. Specifically, it examines whether the widely publicised projections are correct and which factors can lead to an unexpected increase in the amount of data on the Internet.

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mFUND – New call for applications!

€150m in funding for the mobility of the future

The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has established a research initiative called mFUND. The initiative sponsors R&D projects related to digital data-based applications for Mobility 4.0. from 2017-2020 WIK is conducting accompanying research for mFUND. For more information please visit mfund.wik.org (only in German).

Since the beginning of July, a fourth call for applications is open. As in previous calls, projects are eligible for funding that are developing digital business ideas and innovative solutions based on mobility, spatial and weather data.

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