Dr. Ir. Wolter Lemstra is Associate Professor at the Strategy Centre, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, the Netherlands; Member Academic Council and Research Fellow of CERRE, the Centre on Regulation in Europe, Brussels; and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Aalborg University – Copenhagen Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies, Denmark. In 2016 he has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, Cátedra Telefonica de Política y Regulación de las Telecomunicaciones e Internet América Latina- Europa. From 2001 until 2016 he was Senior Research Fellow of the Section Economics of Infrastructures at the Department Technology, Policy & Management of the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), The Netherlands.
He links his academic interests to 25 years of experience in the telecom industry. Most recently he was Vice-President at Lucent Technologies, responsible for marketing and business development in the EMEA region.
In 1978 Wolter received his ‘Ingenieurs’-degree Cum Laude at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the TUDelft, with telecommunications as specialization. In 2006 he successfully defended his PhD dissertation exploring and explaining the impact of the Telecom/Internet bubble on the development path of the telecommunication sector. His current research is focussed on telecommunication sector governance, industry structure developments, firm strategic behaviour and innovation trajectories.
He collaborated on various policy studies for the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, including “Rethinking the European ICT agenda” and a study into the role of private equity “Markets and public values”. He collaborated on projects for the European Commission, including: DG Information Society and Media - “Steps towards a truly Internal Market for e-communications – in the run-up to 2020” and “Impact assessment accompanying the review of the regulatory framework for e-communications”; for DG Enterprise and Industry - “Patents and Standards: A modern framework for IPR-based standardisation”; and for DG Energy - “The role of DSOs in Smart Grids”. More recently for DG CONNECT “Regulatory, in particular access, regimes for network investment models in Europe” (SMART 2015/0002) and the “Review of the regulatory framework for electronic communications” (SMART 2015/0005).
With Vic Hayes and John Groenewegen he co-authored and co-edited the book: “The innovation journey of Wi-Fi – The road to global success” released by Cambridge University Press in 2011. His most recent co-authored and co-edited book is: “The dynamic of broadband markets in Europe – Realizing the 2020 Digital Agenda” released by Cambridge University Press in November 2014. This book includes 12 in-depth EU country case studies by in-country experts on the development of broadband. For ECTA he collaborated on the development of a broadband market model and broadband performance index for the EU, using Structural Equations Modelling. He is the co-founder of the Cognitive Radio Platform NL and was PhD thesis supervisor in the field of radio spectrum governance at the TUDelft. His most recent publications in the Journal Telecommunications Policy concerns a study into next generation mobile communications: “Leadership with 5G in Europe: Two contrasting images of the future, with policy and regulatory implications”.