e-Conomics provides strategy and policy advice to business and governments.
e-Conomics uses economics to adress challenges related to the digitalisation of society.
e-Conomics gains support from an international network of academics and consultants specialised in (regulation of) telecom and digital markets.
The strength of e-Conomics lies in understanding the complex interaction between technology, economics and legislation.
e-Conomics helps both private and public parties
e-Conomics helps governments formulate digital policy
e-Conomics supports companies in developing digital strategies and in Regulatory Affairs
e-Conomics supports in legal processes
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.
e-Conomics uses economic insights in a variety of services:
Policy Studies and Impact Assessments
(e.g. of platform regulation).
Training and Masterclasses
(e.g. in digital transformation of industries, companies and policies)
Conferences and Workshops
(e.g. in challenges for competition policy in the digital economy).
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 associate experts and friends.
For each assignment, e-Conomics works with a dedicated quality manager.
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)
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
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:
- 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.
- 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
e-Conomics believes that the consultancy business is moving away from being dominated by large rigid incorporated organisation.
More flexible networks of independent entrepreneurs make a difference by bringing together a customised set of expertise for each specific assignment.
The power of a network grows if all members of that network also contribute to its success.
In order to stimulate engagement of network members, the network business model should include an incentive for entrepreneurial associates to bring new clients and new projects to the network.
The associate agreement adopted by e-Conomics and its associates provides such incentives. A description of the agreement can be found here
If you are interested in becomming an e-Conomics associate, please contact Nicolai.
Seminar organised by e-Conomics and CEPS: ‘Competition policy in the digital economy: Towards a new theory of harm’.
On the 1st of June 2016, e-Conomics and the Centre for European Policy Studies ( CEPS ) organised a seminar ‘Competition policy in the digital economy: Towards a new theory of harm’.
The seminar was 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?
The seminar was organised at the CEPS premises in Brussels and supported by the Friends of e-Conomics.
Nicolai, in cooperation with WIK, Ecorys, and VVA, is supporting the European Commission with the preparation of the impact assessment accompanying the review of the regulatory framework for e-communications. The project started in December 2015 and runs until November 2016. The project incorporates a wide variety of earlier policy studies, some of which are (co)authored by Nicolai as an Ecorys consultant (such as Steps towards a truly Internal Market for e-communications, Future electronic communications markets subject to ex-ante regulation, and the (ongoing) study on Future trends and business models in communications services).
Our report on Digital Platform based business models for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs (together with Ecorys, TNO, IViR and Radicand Economics) has been published. The main lesson from the report is that the focus of the current debate on trying to define digital platforms is too narrow. Digital business models comprise of various other characteristics that also relate to opportunities and risks with regards to public interests. Indeed, it is essential to understand the economics of platforms because it is such an important characteristic of digital business model. What matters for public interests is how the platform is operated and what other characteristics a digital business model has. The report provides an analytical framework that allows for taking a broader view by taking the multiple characteristics of a particular digital business model as a starting point for policy analysis. The report can be found here.
Nicolai van Gorp has completed a study for the European Parliament in collaboration with Ecorys. The study (Challenges for competition policy in the digitalised economy) was presented in the European Parliament on 16 July 2015.
(together with Olga Batura, Marcel Canoy, Andrea Renda, Pierre Larouche, Paul de Bijl, Jim Niblett, Heli Koski, Rob Frieden, and Lapo Filistrucchi)
e-Conomics has written a critical review of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment of the regulation regarding the regulatory treatment of fixed and mobile telephony in the EU (2009/396 / EC). The review was commissioned by Vodafon and completed in May 2015. The analysis serves as documentary evidence in a case before the European Court of Justice. (together with Prof. Dr. Andrea Renda).
e-Conomics has been asked to act as a quality controller in a project on Digital Platforms for the Ministry of Economic Affairs (together with Ecorys, TNO and IViR).