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The 2017 edition of the Digital Regulation Forum highlighted the need for regulators to address pressing issues to facilitate the future of the sector. In particular, in the EU, investment in NGA has been slow compared to other regions.


  • Regulators will have to identify the most suitable regulatory framework for fixed NGA, which will also be the backbone for the development of 5G. They will face a tough challenge in fostering infrastructure-based competition while ensuring that access obligations remain effective.
  • EU regulators will also have to be sensible in regulating OTTs; while all stakeholders recognize the need for a level playing field, the risk to overregulate has to be avoided, as it could also impact new entrants and their ability to innovate.

Features and Benefits

  • Highlights the key issues being debated by regulators in the EU and the US, as emerged during the 2017 Digital Regulation Forum.
  • Summarizes the position of the key stakeholders in regulating NGA access, fostering 5G deployment, and taking account of the role of OTTs.

Key questions answered

  • Which were the key issues debated at the 2017 Digital Regulation Forum?
  • How are regulators approaching 5G, NGA access, and OTT regulation?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • There is little confidence as to regulators' willingness to favor the necessary investment
  • 5G is still a big question mark, but it will be more about fiber than it is about mobile
  • OTTs recognize the need for a level playing field with telcos, but this should be achieved through deregulation
  • Operators' views on the future of access regulation are diverging


  • Further reading
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