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Dr. Zoraida Frías

Former Research Fellow

Dr. Zoraida Frias earned her Ph.D. in Communications Systems and Technologies from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and her MSc degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad de Málaga. Since 2010, she has been a fellow of the Group of Information Technologies and Communications (GTIC) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, where she has contributed to several research projects related to the deployment of telecommunications infrastructure, its economics and the implications for regulation and public policies. She is currently an assistant professor at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (US) and at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Dr. Frias has written several international articles and given scientific-technical speeches in the telecommunications policy field. Her research interests revolve around data-driven models for telecommunications infrastructure, especially in regard to next-generation mobile networks analytics. A firm believer in the power of technology to transform the world, she actively participates in activities with the Internet Governance Forum in Spain (IGF Spain) and is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Research Fellow:

Research Group "Work and Cooperation in the Sharing Economy"

4 June - 4 July 2019



Frias, Z. & Stocker, V. (2020). Zur Ökonomie gemeinsamer Ressourcennutzung in 5G Netzen, Ökonomenstimme, available:

Oughton, E., Frias, Z., van der Gaast, S., van der Berg, R. (2019). Assessing the capacity, coverage and costs of 5G infrastructure strategies. Analysis of the Netherlands. Telematics and Informatics. ISSN: 0736-5853,

Frias, Zoraida & Pérez, Jorge (2019). Rollout and Regulation of Fibre-To-The-Premises Netwoks. Insights from the Spanish case. Telecommunications Policy, August 2018, ISSN: 308-5961.

Oughton, E., Frias, Z., Russel, T., Sicker, D., Cleevely, D. (2018) Towards 5G: Scenario-based assessment of the future demand of mobile telecommunications infrastructure. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. DOI:

Oughton, E., Frias, Z. Dohler, M., Whalley, J., Sicker, D., Hall, J.W., Crowcroft, J., Cleevely, D. (2018). The Strategic National Infrastructure Assessment of Digital Communications. Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance. ISSN: 2398-5038. DOI:

Oughton, E J & Frias, Z (2017) The cost, coverage and rollout implications of 5G infrastructure in Britain. Telecommunications Policy, July 2017, ISSN: 308-5961. DOI:

Frias, Z & Pérez, J (2017) 5G networks: will technology and policy collide? Telecommunications Policy, June 2017, ISSN: 308-5961. DOI:

Frias, Z; González, C & Pérez, J (2017) Assessment of spectrum value: The case of a second digital dividend in Europe. Telecommunications Policy, December 2016, ISSN: 308-5961; DOI:, JCR Q1.

Frias, Z., & Pérez, J. (2012). Techno-economic analysis of femtocell deployment in long-term evolution networks. EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, 2012(1), 1-15. DOI:, JCR Q3.

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