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Introduction

In recent years, communications markets have been profoundly affected by the increasing uptake of OTT services by consumer. Regulation has struggled to keep up with the changes but regulators are starting to consider how to adjust to the evolved communications landscape.

Highlights

  • There has been extensive debate during 2015 at the EU level and in India, where public consultations have taken place and will inform policy-makers’ response in the near future. In Switzerland, too, the regulator, the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), has recommended changes to the telecoms act.

Features and Benefits

  • Highlights the progress in regulators’ debate around the impact of OTTs in the communications landscape.
  • Assesses the possible approaches to reform regulatory frameworks.

Key questions answered

  • What changes to regulatory frameworks are regulators considering in view of the rise of OTT services?
  • How are OTTs likely to be affected by the reforms regulators are considering?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • The EC is seeking views on changes to its regulatory framework
  • Regulators in India could be about to introduce some form of licensing of OTTs
  • Switzerland may consider some deregulation for telcos
  • Deregulating could ensure the level playing field

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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