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

Orange launches pan-West African fibre network

French communications group Orange announced the commercial launch of Djoliba, a new a fibre backbone network that aims to improve telecommunications connectivity across West Africa.

China proposes antitrust rules targeting tech giants

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation has taken its first main step in the direction of curbing the monopolistic power of large Chinese online platforms such as e-commerce group Alibaba or food delivery company Meituan.

Australia consults on Google’s proposed Fibit acquisition

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched consultations on the long term effectiveness and enforceability of Google’s behavioural undertakings to address the competition concerns raised in Australia in relation to its US$2.1bn acquisition of US company Fitbit.

6 GHz spectrum for unlicensed Wi-Fi use in Latin America

Industry asked the Brazilian telecommunications agency Anatel to allocate the entire 6 GHz band (1200 MHz in total) for unlicensed Wi-Fi service use. The 6 GHz band is considered of high interest for Wi-Fi also in other countries in the Americas region.

EC scrutiny over Amazon’s e-commerce practices continues

The European Commission (EC) is accusing Amazon of breaching competition rules, alleging it abused its dominant position to gain an unfair advantage over smaller retailers on its platform.

German competition authority probes communication apps

Germany’s federal competition authority, BKartA, launched a sector investigation into over-the-top (OTT) communication apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram or Facebook Messenger. The authority suspects violations of consumer rights.

Western Union invests in Saudi Arabia’s STC Pay

Western Union, a US company providing money movement and payment services, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a minority stake in Saudi Digital Payments Company, known as STC Pay, a fully owned subsidiary of the Saudi Telecom Company.

Canadian Government proposes federal privacy reform

The Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (ISED) proposed a comprehensive reform of consumer privacy protection rules.

OneWeb unveils its plans under new ownership

Satellite company OneWeb emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US, and announced its future plans under new ownership. OneWeb’s low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite launches will resume in December 2020, while the company prepares for commercial launches, including in India from 2022.

House passes US$750m Open RAN 5G bill

The US House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that seeks to financially support a domestic 5G equipment market and Open Radio Access Network (RAN) development.

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