FaceTime, WhatsApp and Zoom may be in the crossfire of British telecoms organization Ofcom, which has announced an investigation into cloud services, messaging apps and smart devices. It is only the latest in a global series of regulatory investigations Likely to affect major tech companies.
The United Kingdom is looking into the clouds
The British regulator says it plans to check sites from Amazon, Microsoft and Google in the UK’s $17 billion cloud market. These three “supercapacitors” account for the vast majority (81%) of that market.
Businesses are becoming more reliant on cloud services during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Gartner 45% of IT spending is expected to be on the public cloud By 2026, for example.
Ofcom’s investigation will extend to How the cloud is used. “The cloud has become an essential part of how we deliver products to telecom users, as well as viewers and listeners of television, radio and audio content,” Ofcom said. “If we find that the market is not performing well, there can be negative effects on businesses and ultimately consumers, through higher prices, lower service quality, and less innovation.”
There is no doubt that regulators in other countries will monitor the progress of the investigation as they seek to maintain the level of their competitive playing field.
The newly announced study will include a look at digital services such as WhatsApp, Zoom and FaceTime, as well as the smart speaker market; The latter will draw many names into the picture, including, no doubt, Apple’s HomePod.
It is important to note that the study could take months and are potential business models may evolve Before any further action is taken – that is, if it ever happens.
Why check Ofcom?
Ofcom regulates the UK telecoms industry, which means it must monitor disruptive change emerging in the sector. It is indisputable that technology now affects everyday life on many levels, including telecommunications and media distribution.
The way we live, work, play and do business has changed through digital services. But as the number of platforms, devices and networks serving content continues to grow, so do the technological and economic problems facing regulators.” He said in a statement.
The investigation seeks to assess how well markets are currently working and whether market dominance is hindering development. The regulator will also seek to identify current market trends to identify and protect against potential competition concerns.
“That’s why we are launching a program of work to examine these digital markets, identify any competition concerns and make sure they work well for the people and businesses that depend on them,” she said.
Message Providers must receive the message
WhatsApp, FaceTime and Zoom can all expect to see the probe explore the extent of their business, how it affects competition and its impact on the market as a whole.
But the biggest suggestion of private concern visible in Ofcom’s press release is that the regulator specifically states: “We also want to understand if any restrictions on their ability to interact with each other raise potential concerns.”
“Hey Siri, are you a ranger?”
Digital assistants, connected TVs, and smart speakers are also getting attention. The regulator intends to analyze consumer behavior, consider future developments, and look at the business models of the major players in this market.
The call to action on potential companies included in this investigation is great. Big tech companies including Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon and Meta will be a part of it, but so will hardware makers like Samsung, Sony or LG.
While it is too early to predict how these investigations will unfold, it appears so is the regulators Building new fences to constrain tech companies Tends to law for competitive advantage. At the same time, other matters can be included in the effort, including Protection of personal privacyespecially since vast areas of consumer data resulting from the use of these services have become commodity.
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