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Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2017

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This Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2017 is the first of an annual series of reports tracking market and regulatory trends in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector and their implications across the economy. Understanding current trends and challenges across ICT markets and regulatory frameworks can help address the gaps and capitalize on unexplored opportunities. This report provides useful insights and a clear, evidence-based perspective to do that. This report is also a key resource on smart, inclusive and forward-looking ICT regulation. Its findings can provide useful guidance in reviewing and upgrading regulatory frameworks for the ICT sector as the basis for the digital economy today and for the future. The report reaches out to the regulatory community worldwide, policy-makers, industry and the ICT community in general

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Sharp rise in market concentration and consolidation

The past two decades have seen ICT in constant flux as new players, services and delivery platforms have stretched boundaries and changed market dynamics. This in turn has impacted market structure with business models being created, adapted, refined and redefined. Since the 2008 crash, more consolidation has meant fewer firms fighting for market share. Led by innovation, digitization and automation, new competitors have gate-crashed markets around the world, putting incumbents and inside-the-box players under increasing pressure. In 2016, high profile mergers and acquisitions (M&A) swept the ICT landscape, featuring a wide range of market players and deals, while other market segments are riding out tough market conditions or are breaking into adjacent markets to develop new capabilities. In some cases, players from the extended ICT sector are opting for strategic partnerships or ‘coopetition’.

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