About e-Conomics

e-Conomics provides economic advice in the field of telecommunications and digital policies.

e-Conomics answers policy questions from an economic perspective.

The strength of e-Conomics lies in understanding the complex interaction between technology, economics and legislation.


e-Conomics helps both private and public parties


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How does e-Conomics work?

e-Conomics is a small company with a large network

Lean & Mean

e-Conomics believes in the strength of a good network of individual specialists.

e-Conomics makes a difference by bringing together the necessary expertise for each specific project. There is no one-size-fits-all team.

e-Conomics is flexible, diverse and delivers high quality, without the overhead.



The heart of e-Conomics goes out to competition and regulation, but the body can do much more:

Regional economic impact
(e.g. of fibre optic networks).

Labour market reforms
(in the sharing- economy)

Industrial policy
(in the Internet of Things).

Quality and continuity

Hiring individuals brings along risks about continuity and quality.

With e-Conomics you never hire one individual, but always a team of at least two experts.

For each assignment e-Conomics asks a friend from its network to act as a quality controller and backup for the project.

Who is behind e-Conomics?



The experience of e-Conomics is most evident from the projects that e-Conomics has worked on in the past.

 Projects of Nicolai van Gorp
  (as Ecorys Associate)

  • Wie biedt? (Who is bidding?) 

    Conference and position paper for KPN with a vision of a long-term spectrum allocation policy.

    (together with Ecorys)

  • Market analysis Decisions 2012

    Support BBNed, On-line (T-Mobile) and Tele2 during the consultation procedure regarding OPTA’s market analysis decisions in 2012.

    (together with Ecorys)

  • Steps towards a truly Single Market for e-communications

    Study and impact analysis for the European Commission on the barriers to the digital single market. The research is an important reference document for the Digital Agenda in Europe and the report provides the analytical foundation for the Commission’s Impact Assessment of the Single Telecom Market Regulation (Connected Continent).

    (together with Ecorys, TUDelft and TNO)

  • Market analysis fixed telephony –

    Expert witness report in the appeal against OPTA’s market analysis decision fixed telephony in 2012.

    (together with Ecorys)

  • Two is nog enough!

    Conference and position paper for Tele2 Netherlands on the risks of joined dominance in the Dutch telecom market and the continued need to regulate wholesale access to broadband networks in the Netherlands.

    (together with Ecorys)

  • Future relevant market subject to ex ante regulation

    Study for the European Commission to the question of what relevant markets should be closely watched by NRA’s between 2014 and 2020. The research and its conclusions were fully reflected in the Commission’s Recommendation on Relevant Market 

    (together with Ecorys, Idate and KULeuven)

  • Patents and standards: a modern framework for IPR-based standardisation

    Study for the European Commission on the questions: Why are there increasing conflicts related to Standard Essential Patents? What measures could lead to less conflict? And who should take action?

    (together with Ecorys, TUDelft and TUEindhoven)

  • Cross-competition among digital platforms 

    Workshop and workshop report for the European Parliament on the question: “should we avoid global information monopolies, and what place for European platforms?” 

    (together with Ecorys)

  • Study on the challenges for competition policy in the digitalised economy 

    This study describes the challenges for competition policy in relation to the digital economy. It explores the specific characteristics of digital economy markets and how these characteristics impact competition policy. The study focuses on competition policy and its instruments such as anti-trust laws, merger regulation, State aid and sector regulation. Neighbouring policy fields such as copyright and data protection are outlined where important but not analysed in detail.

    (together with Ecorys)

  • Study on ‘Future trends and business models in communications services and their regulatory impact’ 

    The study investigates the competitive pressures that telecom operators experience from internet-based communication services. It finds that the use of online communication services (OCS) has grown tremendously and has led to a crowding out of mobile telecom revenues.

    The study finds indications that end-users regard online and traditional communication services as substitutes. In order to face the competition, telecom operators have adjusted their revenue models from pay-per-minute/Mb to flat-fee all-you-can-eat subscription fees.

    The study explores the opportunities for telecom operators to offer new (online) services and/or to develop new (advertisement based) revenue models. The introduction of new online services is not restricted by legal barriers. Nonetheless, no successful introductions have been observed. New revenue models may have more potential, but legal rules on privacy restrict telecom operators in using user data as a key asset. The asymmetric treatment of traditional and online services with regards to privacy and data protection seems difficult to justify as the associated risks are similar when using traditional or online communication services. 

    (together with Ecorys, TNO, Gartner and KULeuven)

  • Impact Assessment for the Review of the Framework for the Electronic Communications

    The impact assessment analysis trends, problems, and policy options in the areas of fixed access, spectrum, services, numbering,  universal service obligations, and must-carry and EPG.  

    (together with WIK, Ecorys, and VVA)

Projects of e-Conomics

  • Second opinion on an impact analysis by the European Commission

    Together with Prof. Andrea Renda

  • Digital Platforms

    The report provides an analytical framework for identifying and evaluating policy options in the digital economy 

    (together with TNO, Ecorys and IViR)

  • Online platforms and the EU digital single market

    A joint report by the Friends of e-Conomics in response to the call for evidence by the UK House of Lords’ Internal Market sub-committee. The report was later also submitted as input for the European Commission’s consultation the regulatory environment of online platforms.

    (together with Olga Batura, Prof. Pierre Larouche, and Lapo Filistrucchi).

  • Mandated access requests to the networks of Proximus and Telenet

    Supporting Telenet’s interactions with the Belgian Regulator (BIPT) regarding both Telenet’s and Proximus’ refusal to provide each other access to their networks. e-Conomics provided hands-on support to Telenet’s regulatory affairs department in answering questions posed by the BIPT. In addtion, e-Conomics provided two business case analyses: 

    1. the business case for Proximus to upgrade copper access networks to deliver 30+ Mb/s download speeds in low population areas, accompanied by an assessment of the percentage of Flemish households living in areas where such business case would be negative.
    2. the impact of different access-to-copper scenario’s Telenet’s ability to service the B2B market in Flanders as well in Brussels and Walloon.

    This project was in cooperation with Regulaid.  


  • A review of the Belgian broadband and broadcasting markets

    The Belgian Telecom and Media regulators – together CRC – are planning to review the wholesale broadband markets (local loop unbundling and broadband access) and the retail broadcasting markets in Belgium. The Belgian regional cable operators Brutele, Nethys, Sfr, and Telenet hired e-Conomics in partnership with Regulaid for support in the form of an independent analysis of the relevant retail and wholesale markets.

    The analysis reflects how the broadband and broadcasting markets in Belgium have developed over the recent years and what are the expected midterm evolutions in these markets, and what this implies for the definition of relevant markets and the assessment of dominance, and (specifically for the broadcasting market) whether the three criteria are met such that ex-ante regulation is warranted.  

  • Seminar organised by e-Conomics and CEPS: ‘Competition policy in the digital economy: Towards a new theory of harm’.’

    The seminar is a follow up to 2015 report for the European Parliament on the Challenges for Competition Policy in the digitalised economy. Some questions were not fully answered by that study and the seminar tried to fill that void. More specifically, the 2015 report did not explicitly talk about a theory of harm in the context of the digital economy and the report did not dig deeply into role of data.

    Presenters were Simon Hampton (Technology Policy Advocates) Alexandre de Streel (University of Namur), Daniel Knapp (IHS), Lapo Filistrucchi (University of Florence) and Jens Prüfer (Tilburg University). The seminar was closed with a round table discussion on the questions: how likely is it that a company can behave independent of its competitors in today’s digital economy? If so, what strategies can it use to abuse that position?

Working with e-Conomics

Are you an expert in the field of telecommunications and digital markets?

Do you have a passion for policy research and policy?

Would you like to contribute to the knowledge within the e-Conomics network?

Please contact Nicolai.



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