In February 2020, as Cullen International launched its first Global Trends benchmark on 5G very little was known outside China about Covid-19 and about the global health emergency the newly discovered virus was about to generate.
By March 2020, when Covid-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, 5G mobile services were commercially available in a handful of countries, with availability usually limited to urban areas.
Economic uncertainties brought by lockdowns raised concerns over the reduced purchasing power of consumers and businesses and the potential impact on the demand for 5G services and handsets.
Concerns were also raised on the supply side, over possible slowdowns in 5G network buildouts. According to new global research by Cullen International, Covid-19 had different impacts around the world.
While 5G spectrum assignments were postponed in some countries, they were carried out according to schedule in others. During the pandemic China and the US amongst other countries, announced financial support packages to accelerate 5G network rollouts. Significant developments were observed in the 5G industry, with network deployments and commercial launches observed in several countries across all continents.
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14 September 20
How do countries regulate social media?
According to a new Global Trends report by Cullen International, policy makers and regulators around the world are facing similar challenges on how to adapt existing regulatory frameworks to new online services and related business models. Approaches to social media regulation, however, tend to vary.
11 September 20
AVMS Directive transposition Progress Report September 2020 – Most Member States will not meet the implementation deadline
The deadline for member states to transpose the Audiovisual Media Services Directive expires in a few days (on 19 September 2020). However, the transposition process has not moved forward significantly in any of the countries compared to what was reported in Cullen International's July Report.
10 September 20
[INFOGRAPHIC] Big tech under scrutiny in the US
The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are under scrutiny about their alleged monopoly and gatekeeping power as well as anticompetitive practices. In a handy 1-page overview, Cullen International's new Cheat Sheet summarises the main alleged anti-competitive behaviours, other investigations and next steps in the US.