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Regulators in several markets are getting ready for the age of the Internet of Things (IoT) by developing the comprehensive approach it deserves. Ovum's recent report Regulating the Internet of Things provides a detailed understanding of the action recently taken by several regulatory authorities.


  • During 2016, there has been ample evidence that regulators all over the world agree with the view of adopting a comprehensive approach, and on the issues around which it should revolve. Regulators are waking up to the need to monitor and foster the development of IoT through appropriate and forward-looking regulation.

Features and Benefits

  • This research note summarizes the findings of Ovum's recent "Regulating the Internet of Things" report.
  • It provides an overview of the key issues in regulating for IoT and of how regulators are tackling them.

Key questions answered

  • What are the key aspects to consider when regulating for IoT?
  • How are regulators developing their approach to IoT?
  • Which regulators are leading the way in regulating for IoT?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Regulators broadly agree on the key issues in regulating IoT, and are starting to take action
  • Regulators are identifying spectrum bands for IoT and are making access more flexible
  • Roaming and data protection rules are the key challenges ahead


  • Further reading
  • Author

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