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

Apple and Google partner on contact tracing

Apple and Google released software that will enable app developers working for government agencies and health organisations to use it to build their own contact tracing apps.

“Wi-Fi 6” for new IoT deployments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened up 1,200 MHz of spectrum in the 6 GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi use. This spectrum will be used on a shared basis mainly to connect internet of things (IoT) devices and to expand broadband access in rural and underserved areas of the US.

Dish announces ‘the world’s largest cloud-native OpenRAN 5G network’

Dish, a satellite pay TV provider, is moving forward with its greenfield, nationwide 5G network deployment. Dish’s 5G network build-out will likely follow an unconventional path.

Bridging internet divides during the pandemic

Connecting the unconnected has become a compelling challenge for public authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Multilateral organisations have mobilised to offer advice and support.

Disney+ expands into Europe

Disney launched its new streaming service Disney+ in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. Other European countries, including Belgium, the Nordics, and Portugal, will follow in the coming months.

Data protection reform in Brazil is delayed

The entry into force of the new Brazilian data protection law has been postponed from August 2020 to May 2021. The postponement was made by the president in an unrelated law on emergency measures regarding the COVID-19 lockdown in the country.

Telemedicine and contact tracing apps on the rise

After years of low demand, since the COVID-19 outbreak use of telemedicine has become more common in some countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). A few contact tracing apps are also starting to emerge, but approaches vary.

Facebook invests US$5.7bn to grow in India

Facebook’s acquisition of 9.99% of Jio Platforms, a company that is part of the Reliance Industries conglomerate also controlling India’s largest mobile network operator, makes Facebook the largest minority shareholder in the company.

First 5G launches in Japan. Rakuten deploys cloud-native network

Japan’s three established mobile network operators launched 5G services in selected locations across the country. E-commerce giant Rakuten, in the meantime, launched low-cost 4G services, while deploying a greenfield 5G network based on OpenRAN.

5G services and handsets’ growth perspectives

In April 2020, South Korea recorded 5.8m 5G subscribers, becoming the country with the highest 5G penetration in the world. However, growth perspectives in the 5G services and handsets market look uncertain.

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