Antitrust in Tech, Media, and Telecom (TMT) Industry - Thematic Research

Antitrust in Tech, Media, and Telecom (TMT) Industry - Thematic Research


Regulators will come after Big Tech companies in 10 main regulatory arenas: data privacy, data security, antitrust, tax avoidance, misinformation, online harm, obstruction of justice, copyright, net neutrality, and fintech regulation.

This report focuses on antitrust regulation in relation to the way the big internet platforms control and monopolize user data. Many are accused of trampling on competitors to maintain their dominance. While regulators have attempted to take on Big Tech before, there is a growing consensus that new antitrust rules and approaches are needed to address the complexity of the digital economy.

Antitrust watchdogs are increasingly concerned that digital platforms use acquisitions to crush competitors. Some regulators are asking leading platforms to notify them of their M&A plans in advance so they can assess their potential impact on the ecosystem. Greater scrutiny of M&A deals could result in more investigations and pre-empt anti-competition issues.


  • This report looks at how antitrust is impacting the tech, media, and telecom (TMT) industry globally.
  • It identifies the companies that will be impacted by antitrust regulation, as well as the main trends shaping the antitrust theme.
  • It includes details of regulatory approaches to antitrust by country and a timeline, showing the major milestones in this theme.
Reasons to Buy
  • Existing competition laws were not conceived for the digital era, particularly when defining significant market power and anticompetitive practices. They have struggled to adapt to the challenges of the digital economy, where tech giants thrive thanks to their extensive, established customer networks and low-cost capital.
  • They have also failed to grasp the complexity of digital platforms, which typically connect many sides of a market (for example, consumers, advertisers, developers, and publishers in the digital advertising market).
  • In single-sided markets, the consumer feels the burden of monopoly through higher prices, but this is not easy to establish in multi-sided markets. Across the world, we are witnessing a rethinking of antitrust rules that will determine the future of the internet and our data.

  • Executive summary
  • Players
    • Table Figure 1: Which TMT companies will be impacted by antitrust regulation?
  • Thematic briefing
    • Digital platforms and competition
      • Table Figure 2: Digital platforms and competition
    • A dominant position in digital markets can create value and efficiencies
      • Popular services are offered to the customer for free
      • Data critically improve the services' quality
    • Dominant platforms can also be a source of harm
      • Ad-targeting prioritizes profit over respect for the user's privacy and quality of content
      • Network effects can be a barrier to entry
      • A dominant position can reduce the incentive to innovate
  • Trends
    • Technology trends
      • Table Technology trends
    • Macroeconomic trends
      • Table Macroeconomic trends
    • Regulatory trends
      • Table Regulatory trends
  • Regulatory briefing
    • Table Figure 3: The 10 areas regulators are currently targeting in the technology, media, and telecom sector
    • Adapting traditional antitrust rules to the digital economy is daunting
      • Table Figure 4: The biggest tech antitrust probes, 1969-2020
    • The case for new regulation has never been stronger
    • Breaking up is easier said than done
    • Other solutions, centered on data, are gaining momentum
    • Regulatory acts by country
      • Table Regulatory acts by country
    • Regulatory timeline
      • Table Figure 5: The antitrust story
  • Value chain
    • Table Figure 6: What are the critical areas of regulatory contention in the big data value chain?
    • Data generation
    • Data management
    • Data product development
    • Data consumption
  • Companies
    • Table Companies
  • Sector scorecards
    • Social media sector scorecard
      • Who's who
        • Table Figure 7: Who does what in the social media space?
      • Thematic screen
        • Table Figure 8: Thematic screen - Social media sector scorecard
      • Valuation screen
        • Table Figure 9: Valuation screen - Social media sector scorecard
      • Risk screen
        • Table Figure 10: Risk screen - Social media sector scorecard
    • Ecommerce sector scorecard
      • Who's who
        • Table Figure 11: Who does what in the ecommerce space?
      • Thematic screen
        • Table Figure 12: Thematic screen - Ecommerce sector scorecard
      • Valuation screen
        • Table Figure 13: Valuation screen - Ecommerce sector scorecard
      • Risk screen
        • Table Figure 14: Risk screen - Ecommerce sector scorecard
  • Glossary
    • Table Glossary
  • Further reading
    • GlobalData reports
      • Table GlobalData reports
  • Our thematic research methodology
    • Table Figure 15: Our five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard
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