Frontier Economics

Now one of the largest economic consultancies in Europe, we started Frontier Economics in 1999 wanting to do things differently. Owned entirely by our staff, our business attracts the best people and the most interesting work. Our principles remain. Our clients remain happy.”

Our past, present and future

Frontier Economics was founded by a team of economists with imagination. We wanted to create a sustainable business, working on the most interesting problems for the most interesting clients.

The bedrock of our business is that we are owned entirely by our staff. This means everyone is driven to deliver the highest quality work, with an independent mind, for clients we really care about.

People like what we do, and our business has grown. The problems we solve change constantly, but our values do not. Our clients come back again and again, and many of our founders still work within the business.

A shared work ethic

We work with clients all over the world from our offices in Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Dublin, Madrid, London and Paris. We’ve grown through recessions, booms and busts and count some of the most admired organisations in the world among our long-standing clients.

We believe in strong client relationships, have a passion for understanding the truth and employ people who want to make a difference.

Advice that makes all the difference

We go beyond the numbers to find out what’s really going on. Our clients enjoy objective advice, clearly expressed. With our help, they make better decisions and get better results.

No matter what sector, size of business or scope of work, we bring together imagination, curiosity and flexibility. We apply our thinking and analytical economic tools to data to deliver exceptional outcomes for our clients.

The complex made simple

We distil complex economic issues so our clients can make evidence-based arguments and informed decisions.

We use microeconomics to unpick the workings of competition, market structures, pricing, cost functions and consumer behaviour.

And we apply financial analysis, statistical modelling, game theory and behavioural economics to turn data into practical advice.

 

Independence and objectivity

Our ethics, working methods and all-round knowledge are so respected that we can work for regulators and the regulated; for suppliers and buyers; and sometimes even for competitors.

Theory never gets in the way of practice, personalities never get in the way of a good idea, and nothing gets in the way of the truth.

 

 

 

 

 

Case Study:

Reforming the German electricity market

The German energy transition and entry of significant new renewable electricity capacity led to calls to reform the German electricity market. We were asked to analyse the suitability of the existing market design and consider alternative proposals to compliment the market.

Future sustainability

Although the German electricity market could work effectively, our analysis showed that reforms would ensure sustainability in the future. We examined options for achieving additional insurance against power outages, including a ‘reserve mechanism’.

New energy market legislation

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy used our work to support Germany’s consultation on its future electricity market design which resulted in a green and white book. This in turn led to a number of reforms in the market design.

Our work was also considered by The European Commission during its sector enquiry into capacity mechanisms and during its impact assessment for the “Clean Energy Package” (a legal package to update Energy market legislation).

 

Case study: More fibre in the broadband diet

How could the DCMS incentivise operators to rollout ultra-fast broadband and 5G to ensure that UK households and businesses benefit from cutting-edge telecoms services?

We assessed and modelled operators’ incentive to invest in new technologies. This enabled us to establish how government policy may help the UK achieve nationwide coverage for fibre and 5G quicker than just leaving it to the market.

Quick, quicker, quickest

The UK has good superfast broadband, but poor ultrafast connectivity. What we require is more fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology.

There is already great excitement about the launch of 5G, as it is likely to represent a step-change in capabilities compared to previous mobile technologies.

We worked with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to assess investment drivers and make recommendations on what was needed to support faster and more extensive FTTP and 5G roll out.

Invest Tech

We modelled operators’ incentives to invest in fibre and 5G under different policy interventions. We also interviewed stakeholders to find out the key barriers to investment.

Our reports were among the key inputs into the DCMS policy document “Forging a full fibre broadband and 5G future for all”.

The state steps in

Our modelling predicts that 70% of the UK will get fibre coverage in the medium term absent any government intervention.

Based on our work, the government is putting in place interventions that are expected to accelerate fibre roll-out and result in 50% of UK households having fibre coverage by 2025 and nationwide fibre coverage by 2033.

 

 

Case study: More fibre in the broadband diet

 

How could the DCMS incentivise operators to rollout ultra-fast broadband and 5G to ensure that UK households and businesses benefit from cutting-edge telecoms services?

We assessed and modelled operators’ incentive to invest in new technologies. This enabled us to establish how government policy may help the UK achieve nationwide coverage for fibre and 5G quicker than just leaving it to the market.

Quick, quicker, quickest

The UK has good superfast broadband, but poor ultrafast connectivity. What we require is more fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology.

There is already great excitement about the launch of 5G, as it is likely to represent a step-change in capabilities compared to previous mobile technologies.

We worked with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to assess investment drivers and make recommendations on what was needed to support faster and more extensive FTTP and 5G roll out.

Invest Tech

We modelled operators’ incentives to invest in fibre and 5G under different policy interventions. We also interviewed stakeholders to find out the key barriers to investment.

Our reports were among the key inputs into the DCMS policy document “Forging a full fibre broadband and 5G future for all”.

The state steps in

Our modelling predicts that 70% of the UK will get fibre coverage in the medium term absent any government intervention.

Based on our work, the government is putting in place interventions that are expected to accelerate fibre roll-out and result in 50% of UK households having fibre coverage by 2025 and nationwide fibre coverage by 2033.

 

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