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.

Evidence-based ex-ante analyses for the impact assessment of economic policy measures provide a helpful basis for decision-making.

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