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Residential demand for ultrafast broadband internet in 2025

The future demand for data and the role of gigabit networks are central issues in the context of broadband network roll-out. Based on WIK’s market potential model, WIK has forecasted the potential demand for very high bandwidths. The results have been published in several studies and have raised great interest. Therefore, WIK presents and explains the WIK market potential model and the assumptions made for the demand forecast in this discussion paper.

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The role of municipalities for broadband roll-out

WIK paper published in the recent issue of Digiworld

Economic analysis and case study evidence show that municipalities, who engage in broadband roll-out, apply different calculations in their investment plans in comparison to commercial players. As a consequence, municipalities or affiliated enterprises are able to realize larger roll-out projects for a given amount of investment. This implies useful policy implications in particular with respect to underserved areas which lie out of scope of commercial broadband roll-out activities.

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Survey start on current situation of IT security in SMEs

WIK conducts study within the BMWi programme "IT Security in Enterprises"

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), WIK is conducting a representative telephone survey of small and medium-sized enterprises all over Germany. The aim is to develop recommendations for the improvement of the IT security level. The project is conducted in the context of the BMWi Initiative "IT Security in Enterprises", which will be presented on 21 March at this year's CeBIT.

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International postal price regulation

USPS OIG publishes WIK review of international trends in postal price regulation, and draws conclusions for price regulation in the USA

The USPS Office of Inspector General has commissioned WIK to review trends in postal price regulation in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the UK.

Our report finds that in all countries but Canada, postal operators were given more commercial freedom to respond more flexibly to changing market conditions. The scope of regulated postal products was generally reduced.

Price cap systems with flexible X-factors that are reviewed by regulators periodically have proven to be effective regulatory instruments. Regulators have lately set negative X-factors and thus approved price increases above the rate of inflation, reflecting increasing unit costs.

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Unlock the Free Flow of Data potential of Europe

Leave your feedback on the barriers your company faces through a survey

Are you an innovative business delivering new data products, sharing, accessing and reusing data? In a consortium with Deloitte, we have been commissioned by the European Commission (DG CNECT) to carry out a study on the emerging barriers to the Free Flow of Data in Europe. We have launched an online survey with enterprises (in particular SMEs and highly innovative businesses) that share and access data or are willing to do so. The survey concerns business practices of data sharers and re-users. You can participate here...

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Collaborating to Power the Smart Grids for Digital Growth

Expert group meeting on telecommunication and energy

Affordable sustainable energy for everyone creates new challenges for the electricity grid which makes a collaboration between the telecommunication and energy sector inevitable. To address these challenges, a group of experts from all over Europe met in Geneva for a joint workshop of the ITU and project ENERGISE (TÜV und WIK). It was discussed how ICT can enable Smart Grid deployment. There are significant differences as regards Smart Grid frameworks in Europe. The experts concurred that an open market as well as the development of standards are necessary to facilitate digitisation and Smart Grids.

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