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New Code, new challenges for the Gigabit society

WIK Conference, Brussels 15-16 October 2019

From 2020, member states across Europe will be applying the new electronic communications Code. This year will also see the installation of a new European Parliament and Commission, tasked with setting the agenda for Europe’s telecom sector for the years to come. The new Commission will start its work.

WIK’s conference on 15-16 October in Brussels will focus on the tasks at hand and future challenges for policy-makers and the industry.

Join us to discuss the implications of the new electronic communications Code for regulation in the sector as well as priorities for the new European Commission and Parliament.

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Projects sponsored by mFUND present innovations at the world’s largest logistics fair

WIK organized the programme on German transport ministry’s stand at transport logistic 2019 in Munich

The largest logistics fair in the world "transport logistic" took place in Munich from June 4 to 7 2019. Around 64.000 visitors attended the event that covers solutions and innovations in logistics, mobility, IT, and supply chain management.

The German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Andreas Scheuer opened the fair and introduced research initiative mFUND to the press and professionals. WIK‘s accompanying research for mFUND coordinated the Ministry’s exhibition booth, dedicated exclusively to mFUND, and organized presentations and three panel discussions. In total 21 projects sponsored by mFUND presented their work at the booth following the invitation of WIK.

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.

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What’s up with WhatsApp and similar services?

Consumers’ usage intensity of OTT-services increased ever so slightly

For the first time since 2015, the usage intensity of services such as Facebook Messenger, LINE, WeChat or WhatsApp among consumers in Germany has not increased significantly. Nevertheless, for 87% of Germans these services remain an important part of their communication habits. The EECC takes this development into account and introduces the term "number-independent interpersonal communications service (NI-ICS)". Our latest discussion paper shows the open questions of the delineation of these services as well as their critical success factors and emerging strategies for the monetization of their broad user base.

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Start-ups sponsored by mFUND present innovations for the delivery industry at trade fair iKEP/KEP-together

400 professionals came on the 17 and 18 of May 2019 to the iKEP/KEP-together, an event organized by German association BdKEP for the courier-express-parcels industry, to discuss recent developments in the industry. WIK ‘s accompanying research for mFUND organised presentations by four projects sponsored by mFUND at the event (projects TransData, FeGiS, TruckInvest 4.0 and Park_up). The event was introduced by Jens Deutschendorf, State Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the State of Hessen. Discussions were moderated by Sonja Thiele (WIK) and Andreas Schumann (BdKEP association).

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.

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Foreign Posts’ Retirement Asset and Investment Practices

WIK-Consult supports USPS OIG analysis

The USPS OIG has reviewed the investment practices for pension funds of the U.S. Postal Service and 11 international postal operators.

In the report ‘Foreign Posts’ Retirement Asset Investments‘ the OIG concludes that the common element across the 11 foreign posts is diversification of pension investments, mostly in 3 to 4 asset classes. By contrast, the investments of USPS retirement assets are restricted by law to obligations of the U.S. government. They risk producing low returns at a time when USPS retirement assets are insufficient to cover its retirement liabilities.

The report is based on a study by WIK-Consult on Benchmarking of International Posts’ Retirement Assets and Investment Practices.

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Potential Wholesale Products in DOCSIS Networks

WIK supports German NRA in the analysis of market 3a and b

Cable-TV networks cover Germany by 65% of the homes in parallel to traditional copper and fibre based telecommunication networks of DT and other operators. The new technologies DOCSIS 3.1 and 3.1 Full Duplex will enhance network capacity significantly. So the question comes up if this technologies may not only satisfy the increasing demand of the existing and new customer base, but of new wholesale customers also, in satisfying capacity and quality. Will the cable-TV network operators in future provide such wholesale products on a volunteer or mandatory base? The study states that implementing DOCSIS 3.1 FD guarantees satisfying quality, but also requires high additional invests, however less than for FTTH. In order to meet VULA-like quality the OSS and BSS systems of both operators have to be adapted for automatic process interaction accordingly. Because of the poor existing Cable-TV network coverage in Germany these networks will never fully compete or substitute the NGA/ FTTH networks of the future, lacking profitability in the unserved mostly rural areas.

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Presentations

Aktuelle Entwicklungen in der Baubranche: Erfahrung aus Deutschland und deren Relevanz für Österreich,
Presentation held by Dr Christian Wernick at the CMG-conference „FTTH & Construction: Challenges for Fibre Roll-Out in Austria", 13 June 2019 in Vienna

Breitbandausbau – welcher Ansatz führt zum Ziel und welche Fördermöglichkeiten eignen sich für Hamburg,
Presentation of Dr Christian Wernick at the IHK Hamburg on May 14th

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