Regulation and Policy

The Market Challenge

The evolution of telecoms, media, and technology (TMT) has never been harder to comprehend – let alone regulate.

Tech companies operating “over the top” of the Internet are rapidly challenging traditional business models in ever more dramatic ways, while largely escaping the oversight that binds their established service provider and enterprise peers. At the same time, the growing power of the OTT providers is raising questions about what new forms dominance and anti-competitive behaviour will take in the digital economy.

The challenge for all stakeholders is to protect competition and consumers, without foreclosing on TMT’s potential to improve lives, economies and societies.

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“5G planning will gain significant momentum in 2018 as regulators move to auction 4,000MHz of spectrum, boosting the total amount awarded by 200% to 6,000Mhz”

Key Deliverables

Cutting-edge regulation reports – discover how regulators, service providers and other stakeholders are tackling 5G, IoT, data protection and other emerging regulatory challenges.

Reactive research notes –  gain insight into the implications of the most crucial regulatory decisions and developments as they emerge.

Country overviews and scorecards – assess spectrum policy, wholesale regulation, universal service and other key regulatory issues in major economies.

Spectrum and NGA trackers – understand policy and initiatives aimed at facilitating the deployment of next-generation access (NGA) networks.

Wholesale broadband and interconnect benchmarks – compare rates for regulated wholesale broadband access across and interconnection rates across over 60 countries worldwide and over time.

Themes for 2018

Regulating future networks
Fiber-to-the-x, 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) will increasingly underpin tomorrow’s digital economy. But their high roll-out costs and radical potential also pose questions fundamental to the future of investment and competition. Ovum will identify and analyse best-practice examples of regulation – and self-regulation – that stimulate investment without harming competition and support new business models while reducing the potential for ill effects.


Getting the balance right on OTT
Innovation in the telecoms, media, and technology has never moved faster, thanks to the speed at which services delivered “over the top” (OTT) of the internet can be launched and evolved. Critics claim a lack of regulation gives OTT providers an unfair advantage over traditional counterparts, and is leading to abuses of dominance, privacy, and consumer safety. Ovum will advise on how the industry can work together to protect consumers and competition, while ensuring new business models and startups can rightfully challenge status quos.


A decisive year for data protection
The European Commission’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become enforceable in May 2018. How well – or badly – its implementation and application goes will be a key test for the game-changing regulation, and the idea of data protection in general. Ovum will examine the progress of GDPR and other attempts elsewhere in the world to provide a balanced view of the pros and cons of policy aimed at handing citizens back control over their personal data

What’s New

Enhanced country overviews and scorecards – expanded coverage of regulation of OTT services, data protection and other key emerging topics.

Improved spectrum and NGA trackers – new interactive, visual tools to aid access and analysis of data and developments.

New data protection tracker – monitoring the development, implementation, application of data protection regulation, including GDPR and more.


Higher spectrum bands have supported 5G broadband speeds as fast as an eye-watering 35Gbps

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