Special Report pursuant to Sec. 121(2) of the German Telecommunications Act, Bonn, 4 December 2017

  • Public funding of the broadband expansion should only be provided in areas where expansion is not taking place through private enterprise. Funding programmes should be customised and supplemented by demand-side instruments.
  • Incentives for the commercial expansion of high-performance broadband networks should be enhanced by abandoning a strictly cost-oriented regulation of new fibre-optic networks.
  • When frequencies are allocated for the new fifth generation (5G) mobile communications standard the mobile network operators should be obligated to offer wholesale products on non-discriminatory terms.

Special Report pursuant to Sec. 62 of the Law on the Energy Industry, Bonn, 6 October 2017

  • Monopolies Commission recommends regional network charge for renewable energy generators to limit costs of network expansion
  • The EU emission trade system should be strengthened by including additional sectors to achieve greenhouse gas reduction targets
  • Monopolies Commission calls for adjustments with respect to the awarding of concessions for network operation to relieve consumers

Special Report by the Monopolies Commission pursuant to Sec. 78 of the Railway Regulation Act, Bonn, 3. August 2017

  • Deficits in competition in the railway sector continue to exist.
  • A competitive funding framework needs to be based on a thorough cost-benefit analysis of railway, road, air and water transport.
  • Monopolies Commission recommends to revise the railway regulation act.
  • In passenger transport, competition is hindered by the prevailing cooperation structures for common tariffs and ticket sales.