Dr. Zoraida Frías

Research Fellow

Dr. Zoraida Frías 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 Grupo de Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones (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 telecommunication 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 field of telecommunications policy. Her interests revolve around data-driven models for telecommunications infrastructure, especially in regards to next-generation mobile network 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 and is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship.




Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spanien


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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2019.01.003.

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2018.07.005

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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2018.03.016

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: https://doi.org/10.1108/DPRG-02-2018-0004

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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2017.07.009

Frias, Z & Pérez, J (2017) 5G networks: will technology and policy collide? Telecommunications Policy, June 2017, ISSN: 308-5961. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2017.06.003

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2016.12.008, 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: https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-1499-2012-288, JCR Q3.

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