1997 was the year were liberalization and deregulation of telecommunication markets in major European countries was initiated causing significant impact for companies in this industry including the dominant national (mostly state-owned) incumbent. Reason enough for BearingPoint’s “Telecommunications Outlook” to look back and highlight the development of the telecommunication market of five major European economies (UK, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany), South Korea, the US and the OECD between 1997 and 2016. The infographic illustrates the evolution per country based on socio-demographic, financial and industry specific key performance indicators.
During this period the regulatory authorities have significantly influenced the market development. The key findings are:
Today key challenges for the regulatory authorities are to maintain the balance between OTTs and “pure” network operators, to act as a catalyst to encourage new technologies – such as 5G, SDN (software defined networks), NFV (network functionality virtualization), and to oversee fair competition in the telecommunication markets.
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