The economic footprint of Huawei in Germany

Huawei commissioned DIW Econ to determine the economic significance of the company for Germany. This study aimed to describe the economic footprint of Huawei for Germany as a business location in qualitative and quantitative terms.

Huawei Technologies is a global leader in the digital economy with headquarters in Shenzhen (China) and is active in over 170 countries. The largest locations in Germany are the Western European headquarters in Düsseldorf and the site in Munich, where the company operates a major research centre.

Digital infrastructure: glass fibre urgently needed!

Report in Wirtschaftsdienst 97th volume, 2017, issue 3, pp. 157-158

German companies present themselves at CeBIT
as a technology leader on the way to the gigabit society. But when it comes to broadband, Germany is lagging: in terms of download speed, it is ranked 26th in the world, behind most industrialised nations and even behind Bulgaria and Romania. Although DSL availability is excellent, only 7.1% of German households have access to genuine fibre optic connections (FTTH/B: Fibre to the Home/Building).

Herculean task: evidence-based regulation in the telecommunications sector

Report in Wirtschaftsdienst, 99th volume, 2019, issue 2, pp. 113-118

The current economic policy debates on the faltering expansion of a nationwide fibre-optic infrastructure and the auctioning of 5G mobile frequencies show that the regulation of telecommunications markets in Germany is facing significant challenges.

At the heart of the conflicts is a trade-off between the rapid expansion of modern telecommunications networks and the nationwide availability of telecommunications services at affordable prices.

Evaluation of the effectiveness of regulation in the telecommunications sector

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) has commissioned DIW Econ and DICE Consult to develop conceptual bases and methodological procedures for ex-post evaluations as well as proposals for ex-ante impact assessment procedures to assess the effectiveness of regulation in the telecommunications sector. In the future, empirical findings can thus be used to a greater extent in the selection and design of regulatory instruments in advance, and the success of the measures taken can be assessed more precisely in retrospect.

Gigabit access in Germany: lagging behind in international comparison, but also little demand

DIW Weekly Report 25/2018 – Digital Infrastructure

The expansion of broadband Internet is currently the subject of intense debate. However, Germany is still lagging behind the targets set. Although almost 100 per cent of households now have broadband connections of up to six megabits per second, Germany still has a lot of catching up to do in terms of gigabit-capable connections – especially in sparsely populated regions.