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.

key trends covered

Platforms, digital services and content

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

  • Digital payments and currencies
  • Market power of big tech
  • Over-the-top voice and messaging platforms
  • Social media regulation

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

  • 5G
  • Full fibre networks
  • Next generation satellites
  • Open radio access networks (open RAN)
Data economy

Follow the debate around privacy, data flows and Artificial Intelligence, and understand how new developments impact the global data economy.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Data flows
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Privacy in the digital age

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 compelling new developments with our short analyses from around the world. These timely trend spotters 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 regulatory 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

Nigeria unveils plans for its upcoming 5G spectrum auction

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) published preliminary information on the upcoming licensing of 3.5 GHz spectrum in the country, including details of the spectrum to be made available, the prequalification and auction process, and an indicative timetable. Should the proposed auction schedule be confirmed, Nigeria would be the first country awarding 5G spectrum in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Australia publishes the results of its ad tech competition inquiry

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) raised high concerns over the state of competition in the advertising technology (ad tech) market. The regulator called on the Australian government to take regulatory measures in order to prevent likely harms to publishers, advertisers and, ultimately, consumers.

Satellite use will bridge connectivity gaps in remote areas of the Philippines

The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) has launched a new programme aimed at fostering internet connectivity in uncovered and remote areas of the country.

Cloud service providers will need a licence to offer services in Malaysia

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) adopted new rules aimed at ensuring high levels of data security, data privacy, and data protection, including as regards user data flows, by cloud service providers offering services in the country.

China publishes IoT development plan until 2023

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and seven other Chinese government departments issued a three-year action plan for the construction of new basic infrastructure for the internet of things (IoT) until 2023. Under the new plan, the government will support the deployment of new IoT infrastructure in major Chinese cities.

Data protection to become a constitutional right in Brazil

The Brazilian Senate approved a proposed amendment to the Brazilian constitution that will make data protection a fundamental right. The objective of this amendment is to ensure a consistent (federal) privacy framework and enforcement action in the country.

Hungary subsidises replacement of outdated mobile devices

The National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) and the Hungarian Ministry of Innovation and Technology announced the launch of a large-scale programme for the replacement of outdated mobile devices across the country.

UK publishes ten-year agenda to make the UK a “global AI superpower”

The UK government published its National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy that “aims to position the country as global leader in the governance of AI technologies”. The strategy includes plans to establish a pro-investment regulatory framework for AI.

What 5G use cases in Tunisia?

Tunisia’s telecoms regulator, the Instance Nationale des Télécommunications (INT), published the results of a public consultation on possible 5G use cases in the country.

US explores bank-like rules for stablecoins

A new report by the US President’s Working Group on Financial Markets (PWG) in collaboration with other US agencies, discusses the regulatory framework for the use of stablecoins and pathways to address risks in the US.

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