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Econ@Tel – A Telecommunications Economics COST Network (COST605)

The goal of Econ@Tel is to develop a strategic research, training network among key people/organizations in order to enhance Europe’s competence in the field of telecommunications economics, to support related R&D-initiatives, and to provide guidelines, recommendations to European players (end-users, enterprises, operators, regulators, policy makers, content providers) for the provision of new converged broadband, wireless, content delivery networks to citizens and enterprises.

Econ@Tel coordinates the development of research methodologies, tools from engineering, media, and business research. Regulatory issues helping or hindering the adoption of economically efficient services are identified.

Econ@Tel mobilizes the “critical mass” and diversity of economists, business research experts, engineers, and scientists working in communications and content economics. It is the first cross-disciplinary COST Action tackling jointly these issues. It differentiates itself from engineering-focused projects under EU Frameworks.

General Information

Reference: EU COST Action 605
Source of funding: European Commission
Project Duration: April 18, 2007 - October 1, 2011
Official Project Home Page:

Project Overview

The main objective of this Action is to allow business partnering to drive networking services and their sustainable provisioning for consumers and enterprises alike.

Thus, in closer detail, the Econ@Tel COST Action aims to:

  • Mobilize the critical mass of scientists working in telecommunications and media economics across Europe, and enhance European R&D competence in these fields.
  • Improve European competitiveness by enhancing the economic and social viability of new services and business models by letting these drive technology selections.
  • Develop a new wave of researchers working in telecommunications and media economics.
  • Allow European and partner country suppliers of services and products to reduce the time possibly to be spent on identifying suitable partnering and business models and derived functionality.
  • Support European strategy and policy development in telecommunications and media economics.
  • Investigate proper pricing tariffing and revenue distribution approaches for customized and new services
  • Understand better social networks, their impacts on "classical economy" and their heterogeneity

Project Partners


Inquiries may be directed to the local Swiss project management:

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller
University of Zürich, IFI
Binzmühlestrasse 14
CH-8050 Zürich
Phone: +41 44 635 67 10
Fax: +41 44 635 68 09

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