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.