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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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Vertrauen & Neugier: Der Mittelstand-Digital Kongress 2019 im Futurium Berlin

Wie Vertrauen und Neugier den Mittelstand bei der Digitalisierung, vernetztes Wirtschaften und Künstliche Intelligenz (KI) beeinflussen, wird beim Mittelstand-Digital-Kongress am 12. November in Berlin erforscht. Erfahren Sie aus erster Hand, was die intelligente Zukunft bereithält – zum Beispiel bei der Keynote aus der Industriepraxis von Rohitashwa Pant (Senior Vice President KUKA AG und Industrie 4.0 Accelerator) oder dem „Open Space", welcher Raum für Interaktion und Austausch mit Akteuren und Experten der Digitalisierung bietet. Als weiteren Höhepunkt des Tages wird Digitalmagier Andreas Axmann Sie davon überzeugen, dass unsere digitale Zukunft kein Hexenwerk ist.

Neugierig? Der Mittelstand-Digital Kongress findet am 12. November 2019 von 10 – 17 Uhr im Futurium Berlin statt.

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Amendment of the German Postal Law

Proposals for modern authorisation and reporting requirements for postal service providers

The authorisation procedures and reporting requirements in the German postal market have remained largely unchanged since 1998. Postal service providers require an individual licence for the provision of commercial letter services up to 1,000 g. All other postal service providers, in particular in the growing parcel market, only require to notify the Federal Network Agency. In principle, all postal service providers have to supply the Federal Network Agency with information that is necessary to fulfil its regulatory and supervisory duties and its reporting obligations to the European Commission.

WIK has examined the existing regulations in the German Postal Act and compared them with the requirements in other European postal markets and in the German telecommunications market. The study provides a discussion of the current licensing, notification and reporting obligations in the German postal market against the background of current market developments and the reporting obligations introduced by the EU Regulation on cross-border parcel delivery services (2018). On this basis, WIK has developed recommendations for an amendment of the German Postal Law.

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Got the message?

New research brief on communication behavior in Germany

The latest research brief by WIK and Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences suggests that the growth phase of OTT communication services is coming to an end. There was still an increase in the usage intensity of these apps. However, this increase was significantly lower than in recent years. This raises the question of how OTT providers can monetise their services. Here our research brief shows that the combination of communication applications with other functions and partners is particularly promising.

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Efficiency Benchmarking of Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and Smart Grids

Every five years German electricity distribution networks are subject to a regulatory efficiency benchmarking. Against the background of the ongoing development towards more intelligent networks, a new WIK study analyzes how the existing benchmarking regime could be enhanced.

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City-Logistics for the parcels market

An inventory of innovative city logistics concepts in Germany

Parcel operators face major challenges in downtown areas: traffic congestion, parking problems, pedestrian zones, access restrictions for delivery traffic, and the designation of low-emission zones and driving bans for diesel vehicles. Many parcel operators in Germany increasingly rely on innovative city logistics concepts, and often cooperate with cities and municipalities.

Against this background, the new WIK discussion paper provides an inventory of innovative city logistics concepts of parcel operators in Germany. Different initiatives combine cargo bike delivery, centrally located sorting facilities (micro-hubs), cooperation of different delivery operators, multi-label shops and automated pick-up stations.

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