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The report addresses how internet giants are challenging current regulations, how data protection regulation is affecting the industry’s approach to data privacy, how regulators are paving the way for the development of 5G, and how regulators are promoting access to markets and competition.


  • In 2019, four trends will be at the heart of regulatory activity: the regulatory challenges posed by the internet giants, the complexities of privacy and data protection regulation, the path towards 5G, and the growing attention to facilities access and infrastructure-based competition. How regulators respond to and simultaneously shape these industry developments will influence the course of TMT for years to come.

Features and Benefits

  • Prepares service providers, regulators, and technology vendors to respond to the key regulatory trends in TMT in 2019.
  • Addresses investment, competition, innovation, consumer protection, and general economic welfare as key challenges of modern regulators.

Key questions answered

  • What are the main regulatory challenges for regulators in 2019?
  • What are the main regulatory challenges for service providers in 2019?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for service providers
  • Recommendations for regulators

Challenges posed by tech giants

  • Seeking a level regulatory playing field
  • Mergers and acquisitions

Preparing for 5G

  • Technology is gaining momentum
  • No spectrum means no 5G
  • Developing a 5G spectrum roadmap should be a priority for regulators

Data protection and privacy

  • Approach must to continue to evolve
  • GDPR
  • Challenges for IoT and AI

Shifting regulatory focus on access and competition

  • Interest grows in infrastructure-based competition
  • Competition in a new key


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Authors