From a public research institute to a science-based consultancy firm, the development of WIK reflects the evolution of the communications markets.
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 and advisory institute for communications services. 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.
The work of WIK contributes to regulatory decision-making and sets the course for policy. In the field of digitisation, intelligent networking and internet, WIK assists the political discourse of stakeholders. Since the mid-1990s, we have increasingly undertaken work for international organisations (such as the EU Commission and foreign regulatory authorities) as well as private entities.
WIK is backed by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. Representatives of science, business and government actively follow the work and performance of WIK through their role on its supervisory board and advisory boards.