The local media authority, Ofcom, is subjecting the operation of cloud service providers in Great Britain to intense scrutiny. In its announcement on Tuesday, the organization predicted that it would like to focus primarily on the three major players in the market, Amazon (AWS), Google (Google Cloud) and Microsoft (Azure). The sectoral investigation is expected to be completed within a year, depending on its findings, the organization will decide on the next steps.
The sectoral investigation just announced is part of Ofcom’s comprehensive series of actions mapping digital markets and digital development, and emphatically does not mean that there is otherwise a serious problem with the affected markets that requires immediate action.
In addition to cloud providers, Ofcom is also preparing for comprehensive sector investigations next year in the segments of instant messaging applications, smart TVs and smart speakers.
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In the UK market – as in the global aggregate – Amazon is currently comfortably the market leader with AWS, while Microsoft occupies the second position, while Google is at the bottom of the podium. The three companies collectively control roughly 81% of the £15 billion ($16.8 billion) market, according to Ofcom.
In Great Britain, the parent companies of cloud service providers have been in the crosshairs of the local authorities, primarily the Competition and Markets Authority, several times in the past, sometimes in connection with other matters. Ofcom was also designated with the enforcement of the British new, much stricter than before, regulation of access to online content, the Online Safety Bill, but the new law did not come into force due to the reshuffle of the British cabinet, and it is questionable whether it will ever be signed in its original form. e Prime Minister Liz Truss.
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