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.

With our own experts in multiple countries across the globe helping to report and benchmark, we offer a razor-sharp focus on the most important trends of the moment - delivered with the clarity and impartiality that have made us a trusted voice in regulation for over three decades.

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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

South Africa launches platforms market inquiry

The South African Competition Commission (CC) launched its Online Intermediation Platforms Market Inquiry (OIPMI).

Proposed facial recognition use policy raises privacy concerns in South Africa

A draft identity management policy proposed by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) would allow access by the police to citizens’ biometric information to improve the efficiency of criminal investigations.

China regulates connected vehicles

China is updating road safety legislation and other national regulations to enable the development of a flourishing connected vehicles industry nationwide. In the context of a strategic corporate repositioning, technology group Huawei has been increasingly investing in this sector.

Rakuten and NEC join forces to promote open RAN outside Japan

Rakuten Mobile and Japanese technology group NEC Corporation announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote open RAN (open radio access networks) in global mobile telecommunications markets.

Privacy and security concerns over the use of facial recognition in China

Identity verification using facial recognition is widely adopted in China, as the technology has become an integral part of widely used apps by citizens and businesses across all sectors of the economy. Facial recognition is also broadly used for government service applications. This development, however, has made cybersecurity a major issue in China.

More protections for communications service users in the CAN

The Andean Community of Nations (CAN), a multilateral organisation that promotes social and economic cooperation between Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, is proposing amendments to binding guidelines from 2006 on the protection of telecommunications service users within the CAN.

Peru and Korea collaborate on telecoms infrastructure sharing

Peru and Korea will collaborate on a project leveraging mobile telecommunications infrastructure sharing to increase network rollouts in rural areas of Peru.

Google fined over excluding electric cars recharging app from its app store in Italy

The Italian market competition authority AGCM fined Google €102m for abusing its dominant position in the Android operating system and the Google Play app store, by hindering access by app developers to app end users.

Dubai and Huawei to build region’s largest solar-powered data centre

Moro Hub, a subsidiary of government-owned Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) utility company, announced the building of the largest solar-powered data centre in the Middle East and Africa at Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid (MBR) solar park, in collaboration with Chinese technology group Huawei.

Calls for US government funding in support of the semiconductor industry

As the global shortage in semiconductors grows, disrupting entire production value chains, from smartphones and other telecommunications equipment to car manufacturing, industry groups in all parts of the world are calling on their respective governments to come to the rescue.

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