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.

  • 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

Launch of Africa's first standalone 5G network

Rain, a telecoms new entrant active in data-only communications, launched what it claims to be Africa’s first commercial standalone 5G network in South Africa.

6G takes its first steps

Now that standardisation activities for 5G are over and deployments have commenced in different parts of the world, industry and academia have begun to conceptualise the next generation of wireless communication systems (6G) based on the expected communication needs in the 2030s.

OpenRAN adoption on the rise

Several mobile network operators around the world have been showing increasing interest in open radio access networks (OpenRAN). Indonesia is one of the countries where government and industry are jointly pioneering OpenRAN adoption.

Google faces new challenges in Australia

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking Google to court claiming the search giant did not appropriately collect user consent when it expanded personal data collection activities in the country.

Latin America prepares for 5G launch

The 5G race has started in Brazil and other countries across the region might soon follow, despite the Covid-19 health crisis and uncertainties over spectrum availability.

Defining policy options for AI

The EU is considering policy options on regulating the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, in particular those which may pose a high risk. The European Commission (EC) published in the meantime the results of a recent survey that shows the uptake of AI among EU enterprises is on the rise.

EC investigates competition in consumer IoT markets

The European Commission (EC) launched a wide-ranging antitrust investigation into the internet of things (IoT) for consumer-related products and services to identify and assess potential competition issues.

UK acts on IoT safety standards

The UK government is stepping in to force internet of things (IoT) product manufacturers and software service providers to offer adequate protections for the use of all consumer smart products, such as smart speakers, kitchen appliances or cameras, sold in the UK.

Bahrain consults on over-the-top (OTT) voice and messaging services

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the Kingdom of Bahrain is updating its regulatory approach on voice and messaging services over internet protocol (IP). The objective is to clarify services’ scope and definitions and to confirm the applicable licensing regime for each.

Pressure on Big Tech companies intensifies

The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google’s parent company Alphabet testified in Congress on 29 July 2020 as part of an antitrust investigation about their alleged monopoly and gatekeeping power as well as anticompetitive practices.

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