global tech trends

A strategic, global perspective on new frontiers in technology and their impact on regulation and policy.

As telecoms, media, the digital economy and world politics converge, it's essential for organisations to have a global perspective on the wide-ranging trends shaping the future of the communications sector.

Our Global Trends service helps leaders understand this bigger picture and set strategic direction for their organisation.

Drawing together on-the-ground expertise from key markets around the world, it provides a unique, high-level view of the latest developments and their implications for decision makers across industry, government and regulation.

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Platforms, digital services and content

Understand the complex and shifting roles of online platforms and services in debates around global economics, trade and regulation.

  • Online platforms and OTT
  • Fintech
  • Market power of big tech companies
  • International trade

Stay on top of the latest developments in 5G, mobile and full-fibre coverage worldwide, as well as the wider relationship between global tech trends and internet connectivity.

  • New trends in 5G
  • IoT connectivity
  • Mobile coverage
  • Full fibre
Data economy

Follow the debate around privacy, cybersecurity, cloud and AI, and understand how new developments impact the global data economy.

  • Cloud and cross-border data flows
  • IoT services and applications
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Privacy and cybersecurity

global geographic scope

12 key markets covered in-depth across 5 continents

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The future of communications sector regulation hinges on many complex technological, economic and geopolitical factors. Our global trend intelligence is here to help decision makers understand the different forces at work and see the bigger picture for their organisation.

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Keep abreast of the top ten trends of the moment with our short stories from around the world. These monthly 'pills of thought' are all based on original sources, accessible from an interactive map, and link to further research for more in-depth analysis.

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Get ahead of the latest global developments with our monthly trend reports. Providing a high-level summary of the top trending topics, their drivers and implications across multiple key markets, our reports help you read the pulse of the digital world.


Compare and contrast how different markets are responding to global tech trends shaping policy and regulation in the digital world. Our in-depth benchmarks deliver probing insights on new developments across key markets without losing sight of the bigger picture.

trend news

Legal dispute over AFRINIC’s IP addresses being used in China continues

The African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) is the internet registry for Africa and the Indian Ocean region, operating under the general coordination of the Internet Society (ISOC). ISOC is concerned that a legal dispute involving AFRINIC on the use of internet protocol (IP) addresses assigned by AFRINIC to one of its members might have broader consequences on the stability of the African registry.

Kenya amends Digital Services Tax

Kenya’s Finance Act 2021 introduces changes to the country’s digital services tax (DST) framework.

New privacy law in China

China’s National People’s Congress approved the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), which will come into effect on 1 November 2021.

China announces new regulations addressing the power of big tech companies

The State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), China's top market regulator, is consulting on proposed new rules that seek to regulate certain anti-competitive practices by big tech companies offering services in China. The country’s Cyberspace Administration has also put forward draft rules that, if approved, would regulate the use of algorithms in China.

New drone rules in India

The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) adopted a new set of rules aimed at regulating India’s nascent drone industry. The Drone Rules 2021 replace the Unmanned Aircraft System Rules (UAS) 2021, which came into effect in March 2021.

Russia fines US big tech companies for breaching data localisation law

A Moscow district court hit social media giants with new fines for violating Russia's data localisation requirements. Google was the first US firm to be fined for this type of offence just a month before, on 29 July 2021.

El Salvador approves bitcoin as legal currency

With its Bitcoin law, El Salvador is the first country in the world to officially classify bitcoin as legal currency. Bitcoin will become legal tender, alongside the US dollar, from 7 September 2021. The Central Reserve Bank published on 17 August 2021 the technical standards to facilitate the implementation of the Bitcoin law.

Banning of 5G equipment from Huawei: new developments in France

French mobile network operator (MNO) Free Mobile (Iliad group) reportedly filed a case at the Paris Administrative Court against the approval granted to its competitors Bouygues Telecom and Altice France (SFR) to use Huawei equipment in their 5G networks.

Egypt’s telecom regulator to foster investment in data centres and cloud services

The Egyptian National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) adopted a regulatory framework aimed at attracting new investment in data centres and fostering the development of cloud computing services in the country.

New bill targets competition in US app store market

A bipartisan bill introduced in the US Senate on 11 August 2021 seeks to promote competition in the app store market, including for Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.

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