Competition Policy

Driving investment and innovation in competitive markets

Our mission is to promote a competition framework that can deal effectively with new and emerging challenges arising from today’s converged and dynamic digital marketplace.

Competition is the basis of any well-functioning market. When multiple providers strive to win customers, there is a built-in incentive to differentiate through innovative products, service enhancements and business models.

With the emergence of new digital technologies and the blurring of boundaries between the once-distinct sectors of telecoms and internet services, competition has increased. The changing structure of the digital economy, therefore, requires a change in the application of competition policy.

When markets are competitive, sector-specific regulation is unnecessary and should be removed. A new, improved, general competition policy framework should become the main instrument of intervention. When required, regulation should be flexible and technology-agnostic, and applicable to all competitors providing the same service. In addition, regulatory intervention, including when assessing mergers, should take full account of the benefits arising from investment and innovation.

By adopting an improved framework for competition policy, policymakers can ensure that all the actors in the digital ecosystem continue to invest, produce and innovate, creating new services and applications that generate consumer demand.

Assessing the impact of market structure on innovation and quality in Central America


Thursday 10 May 2018 | 2018 | Competition Policy | Latin America & the Caribbean | Research & Reports |

Central America is lagging behind in mobile broadband deployment and adoption, putting the region’s future economic development at risk. While 4G networks are available to 35% of the population in Central America, 4G still only ...

The Data Value Chain


Friday 22 Jun 2018 | Competition Policy | Research & Reports |

The purpose of this report is to understand the data value chain in terms of the activities and business  models involved in collecting and monetising data. The report additionally considers the role that mobile network operators ...

A new regulatory framework for the digital ecosystem


Thursday 11 Feb 2016 | 2016 | Competition Policy | Global | New Regulatory Frameworks | Research & Reports |

The GSMA’s 2016 report, A new regulatory framework for the digital ecosystem, takes a hard look at how current regulation is coping with today’s dynamic digital economy. The conclusions make for ...

Resetting competition policy frameworks for the digital ecosystem


Thursday 20 Oct 2016 | 2016 | Competition Policy | Global | New Regulatory Frameworks | Research & Reports |

Working with Competition Economists Group, the GSMA has published a detailed report that assesses how governments and regulatory authorities can update competition and regulatory frameworks to realise the full potential of the digital ...

Creating the Conditions for 5G Leadership: Seven policy actions for a new telecoms framework in Europe


Tuesday 31 May 2016 | 2016 | 5G | Competition Policy | Europe | New Regulatory Frameworks | Policy Position |

As the European Union moves towards the Digital Single Market and the European Commission reviews the Telecoms Framework, policymakers have an opportunity to position Europe at the forefront of the global digital economy through ...

The Internet Value Chain: A study on the economics of the internet


Tuesday 17 May 2016 | 2016 | Competition Policy | Digital Economy | Global | Mobile Apps | New Regulatory Frameworks | Research & Reports | State of the Industry and Trends |

The Internet Value Chain’, examines the market structure, economic drivers and financial performance of the global internet economy and its respective segments. Developed by A.T. Kearney for ...

Competition Policy in the Digital Age: A practical handbook


Tuesday 27 Oct 2015 | 2015 | Competition Policy | Global | Handbook | New Regulatory Frameworks |

Growing digitalisation changes the communications sector. Competition policy and lawmakers are debating how law and policy should be applied to the new business models. Meanwhile, competition authorities and regulators need to apply the ...

Assessing the case for in-country mobile consolidation


Tuesday 26 May 2015 | 2015 | Competition Policy | Europe | Research & Reports |

There have been a number of recent mobile mergers and proposed mergers across Europe involving a reduction in the number of mobile network operators in each market from 4 to 3. This has happened amid intense debates about the merits of ...

Assessing the case for in-country mobile consolidation in emerging markets


Thursday 26 Feb 2015 | 2015 | Competition Policy | Global | Research & Reports |

This study, commissioned by the GSMA and authored by Frontier Economics, considers the question of, under what circumstances, a reduction in the number of mobile operators in an emerging market might benefit consumers and how, ...

Assessing the case for Single Wholesale Networks in mobile communications


Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 | 2014 | Competition Policy | Digital Inclusion | Global | Research & Reports | Rural Network Coverage |

Policymakers in a number of countries are proposing to establish a single wholesale network (SWN) instead of relying upon competing mobile networks to deliver 4G mobile broadband services in their country. These proposals often ...

European mobile network operator mergers: A regulatory assessment


Monday 8 Dec 2014 | 2014 | Competition Policy | Europe | Research & Reports |

This briefing report has been produced by Frontier Economics at the request of the GSMA. It summarises the key findings of a longer report, 'Assessing the case for in-country mobile consolidation', which the GSMA will publish in May ...


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