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Our core service is an annual research subscription. Becoming a subscriber gives you the latest regulatory intelligence at your fingertips. There is no limit on the number of registered users per company and content is updated constantly as a result of ongoing monitoring.

We believe that you should only have to pay for what you need therefore our subscription service is fully modular (comprising Trackers, Analyst Notes, Regulatory Briefings and a News Service), which means you only have to take a subscription for what you need. Everything is presented in a clean, simple and usable format so that you can quickly and efficiently find the information you need.

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10

Trackers

12

Regulatory Briefings

100+

Analyst Notes

500+

News Items

20+

Countries monitored

60+

Benchmarking tables

250+

Data points collected

Unlimited

Users per company

Trackers

The Trackers make comparisons of regulatory, policy and legislative developments that affect communications markets and the wider digital economy. Like all of our products it is modular so you only need to subscribe to the areas that are of interest to you.

  • Benchmarking tables which allow a simple comparison of regulatory positions, country-by-country
  • Full referencing and URLs back to the original source
  • Published online with PDF download available
  • Updated frequently as a result of ongoing monitoring
  • 10 trackers for you to choose from
Description Detail Countries Covered
This product tracks the increasing regulatory attention big tech companies and platforms are receiving from policymakers and their response.

In particular it compares measures regulators are considering, or have put in place, to tackle the dissemination of misinformation and hate speech online. It also tracks proactive initiatives tech companies are taking in order to prevent regulatory intervention around these issues, and with regard to internet/social media addiction.

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Company level:

  • Initiatives to tackle bots/fake accounts
  • Measures to tackle extremism and hate speech
  • Tools to combat the spread of misinformation
  • Compliance with political advertising regulations
  • Measures to reduce and tackle addiction
  • Initiatives on Safer Internet Day
  • Investment commitments made to tackle the above problems

Country level:

  • Hearings carried out by legislators/regulators
  • Regulatory decisions around fake news
  • Legislation around fake news and hate speech online
  • Companies to which rules apply
  • Obligations in place for regulated companies around fake news
  • Penalties in place
Companies: Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple

Countries: EU-level, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, US
Description Detail Countries Covered
This product tracks the regulatory situation around net neutrality. It also follows the reaction and response to operator's zero rating practices.

Zero-rating is when an ISP applies a price of zero to the data traffic associated with a particular application or class of applications (and the data does not count towards any data cap in place).

  • Name of zero rated plan by operator and which tariffs it is available on
  • What applications are zero rated
  • Regulator's comments on the plan
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK, US, Canada
Description Detail Countries/Companies Covered
This product tracks the evolution of data protection regulation. It focuses on how EU regulators are implementing the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and how rules in other countries are changing accordingly.

It also details legislation and initiatives to complement GDPR in EU countries, frameworks for data retention for the purpose of tackling crime, permitted uses of communication data and metadata, and tech companies’ updated privacy policies following GDPR.

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Data protection legislation

  • Scope of personal data
  • Legal bases for treatment
  • Safeguards required
  • Rules on international transfers of data
  • Rights granted to end users
  • Financial penalties for breaches
  • Authority in charge
  • Regulatory guidance for GDPR compliance
  • Data Protection Officers
  • Certification schemes

GDPR implementation

  • National laws
  • Authority in charge
  • Staff employed
  • Means of funding
  • Annual budget
  • Guidelines and other noteworthy initiatives
  • National certification schemes

Data retention

  • Type of data to be retained
  • Retention times
  • Operators affected
  • Reimbursement of costs
  • Obligations to store data within the national territory

Use of communications data

  • Scope of data
  • Safeguards required (incl. encryption)
  • Use of metadata
  • Legal basis for use

Privacy policies

  • Tech companies’ updated privacy notices after GDPR
  • Differences with the previous policy (where available)
  • Geographical scope of the policy (e.g. whether GDPR safeguards have been extended beyond the EU)
  • Legal bases for data treatment (e.g. consent, contract performance, legitimate interest)
  • Implementation of data portability (i.e. availability of a download function for users’ data)
Data protection legislation: EU-level, US, Australia, Japan, India, Singapore, South Korea

GDPR implementation: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Ireland

Data retention: EU-level, EU5, US, Australia, Singapore

Use of communications data: EU-level, US, Australia, Japan, India, Singapore, South Korea

Privacy policies: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Sonos, LinkedIn, Amazon, Snapchat, Spotify, Uber
Description Detail Countries Covered
This product tracks the implementation of cybersecurity regulation, with particular focus on recent EU Directives and Regulations. It also compares EU regulation with rules in Australia, US, Singapore, Korea, Japan, and tracks any other ongoing initiatives relevant to cybersecurity regulation.
  • Cybersecurity legislation around the world
  • National cybersecurity strategies
  • Designated CSIRTs and SPOCs
  • Competent authorities
  • Regulated industries
  • Accreditation bodies
  • National and European certification schemes
  • Requirements for responses to data breaches
  • Penalties applying to data breaches
  • Implementation of EU Directives across EU countries
France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, US, Australia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea
Description Detail Countries Covered
This product tracks remedies imposed in the wholesale fixed markets.

It includes details of the operators designated with SMP, dates of the decisions and details of the measures imposed including cost methodologies with full referencing back to the NRA's original decision.

  • Bitstream over copper
  • Local Loop Unbundling (LLU)
  • Sub Loop Unbundling (SLU)
  • Vectoring
  • Bitstream over fibre
  • Virtual Unbundled Local Access (VULA)
  • Unbundling of fibre
  • In-house wiring obligations
  • Dark fibre
  • Duct and Pole Access (DPA)
  • Leased Lines
France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Netherlands, Portugal
Description Detail Countries Covered
This product tracks measures imposed on mobile operators to facilitate access and competition.

It includes details of the operators designated with SMP, dates of the decisions and details of the measures imposed including cost methodologies with full referencing back to the NRA's original decision.

  • Call access and origination (MVNO access)
  • Voice call termination
  • SMS termination
  • Regulated national roaming
  • Network sharing
France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK
Description Detail Countries Covered
This product tracks initiatives to achieve ubiquitous high speed broadband. It will track national broadband plans, their funding and progress against plan.

Where relevant it will also show where the Universal Service Obligation has been amended to include high speed broadband.

  • Aim and scope of national broadband plan
  • Funding models and amounts pledged for broadband roll out
  • Progress against plan
  • Amendments to USOs to include broadband
France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK
Description Detail Countries Covered
This product tracks what steps governments and national regulators are taking to make 5G available. It also focuses on which spectrum bands regulators are designating and awarding for 5G services.
  • Government-led plans for 5G including funding commitments
  • Planned awards of spectrum bands intended to be used for 5G
  • Rules and format of auctions including any competition measures
  • Results of auctioned spectrum bands (including price paid by operator)
UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Singapore, Japan, South Korea
Description Detail Countries Covered
This product tracks measures regulators have put in place to protect and give consumers more information.

In some instances these will also be industry-led voluntary codes of conduct.
  • International roaming
  • Quality of service monitoring
  • Broadband speeds monitoring
  • Bundles and switching
  • Retail regulation
France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK
Description Detail Countries Covered
This product tracks amendments to, and reform of, the regulatory framework for electronic communications across the EU.

It also tracks how the UK’s regulatory framework will evolve in light of Brexit and the applicability of EU regulatory initiatives.

  • Digital Single Market Strategy
  • Changes to the Recommendation on relevant markets
  • Any amendments to the UK Communications Act
EU level, UK

Description

This product tracks the increasing regulatory attention big tech companies and platforms are receiving from policymakers and their response.

In particular it compares measures regulators are considering, or have put in place, to tackle the dissemination of misinformation and hate speech online. It also tracks proactive initiatives tech companies are taking in order to prevent regulatory intervention around these issues, and with regard to internet/social media addiction.

Detail

Company level:

  • Initiatives to tackle bots/fake accounts
  • Measures to tackle extremism and hate speech
  • Tools to combat the spread of misinformation
  • Compliance with political advertising regulations
  • Measures to reduce and tackle addiction
  • Initiatives on Safer Internet Day
  • Investment commitments made to tackle the above problems

Country level:

  • Hearings carried out by legislators/regulators
  • Regulatory decisions around fake news
  • Legislation around fake news and hate speech online
  • Companies to which rules apply
  • Obligations in place for regulated companies around fake news
  • Penalties in place

Countries Covered

Companies: Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple

Countries: EU-level, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, US

Description

This product tracks the regulatory situation around net neutrality. It also follows the reaction and response to operator's zero rating practices.

Zero-rating is when an ISP applies a price of zero to the data traffic associated with a particular application or class of applications (and the data does not count towards any data cap in place).

Detail

  • Name of zero rated plan by operator and which tariffs it is available on
  • What applications are zero rated
  • Regulator's comments on the plan

Countries Covered

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK, US, Canada

Description

This product tracks the evolution of data protection regulation. It focuses on how EU regulators are implementing the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and how rules in other countries are changing accordingly.

It also details legislation and initiatives to complement GDPR in EU countries, frameworks for data retention for the purpose of tackling crime, permitted uses of communication data and metadata, and tech companies’ updated privacy policies post GDPR.

Detail

Data protection legislation

  • Scope of personal data
  • Legal bases for treatment
  • Safeguards required
  • Rules on international transfers of data
  • Rights granted to end users
  • Financial penalties for breaches
  • Authority in charge
  • Regulatory guidance for GDPR compliance
  • Data Protection Officers
  • Certification schemes

GDPR implementation

  • National laws
  • Authority in charge
  • Staff employed
  • Means of funding
  • Annual budget
  • Guidelines and other noteworthy initiatives
  • National certification schemes

Data retention

  • Type of data to be retained
  • Retention times
  • Operators affected
  • Reimbursement of costs
  • Obligations to store data within the national territory

Use of communications data

  • Scope of data
  • Use of metadata
  • Legal basis for use

Privacy policies

  • Tech companies’ updated privacy notices after GDPR
  • Differences with the previous policy (where available)
  • Geographical scope of the policy (e.g. whether GDPR safeguards have been extended beyond the EU)
  • Legal bases for data treatment (e.g. consent, contract performance, legitimate interest)
  • Implementation of data portability (i.e. availability of a download function for users’ data)

Countries Covered

EU-level, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, US, Japan, India, Singapore, Australia, South Korea

Companies Covered

Google, Facebook, Twitter, Sonos, LinkedIn, Amazon, Snapchat, Spotify, Uber

Description

This product tracks the implementation of cybersecurity regulation, with particular focus on recent EU Directives and Regulations. It also compares EU regulation with rules in Australia, US, Singapore, Korea, Japan, and tracks any other ongoing initiatives relevant to cybersecurity regulation.

Detail

  • Cybersecurity legislation around the world
  • National cybersecurity strategies
  • Designated CSIRTs and SPOCs
  • Competent authorities
  • Regulated industries
  • Accreditation bodies
  • National and European certification schemes
  • Requirements for responses to data breaches
  • Penalties applying to data breaches
  • Implementation of EU Directives across EU countries

Countries Covered

France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, US, Australia, Japan, Singapore, South Korea

Description

This product tracks remedies imposed in the wholesale fixed markets.

It includes details of the operators designated with SMP, dates of the decisions and details of the measures imposed including cost methodologies with full referencing back to the NRA’s original decision.

Detail

  • Bitstream over copper
  • Local Loop Unbundling (LLU)
  • Sub Loop Unbundling (SLU)
  • Vectoring
  • Bitstream over fibre
  • Virtual Unbundled Local Access (VULA)
  • Unbundling of fibre
  • In-house wiring obligations
  • Dark fibre
  • Duct and Pole Access (DPA)
  • Leased Lines

Countries Covered

France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Netherlands, Portugal

Description

This product tracks measures imposed on mobile operators to facilitate access and competition.

It includes details of the operators designated with SMP, dates of the decisions and details of the measures imposed including cost methodologies with full referencing back to the NRA’s original decision.

Detail

  • Call access and origination (MVNO access)
  • Voice call termination
  • SMS termination
  • Regulated national roaming
  • Network sharing

Countries Covered

France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK

Description

This product tracks initiatives to achieve ubiquitous high speed broadband. It will track national broadband plans, their funding and progress against plan.

Where relevant it will also show where the Universal Service Obligation has been amended to include high speed broadband.

Detail

  • Aim and scope of national broadband plan
  • Funding models and amounts pledged for broadband roll out
  • Progress against plan
  • Amendments to USOs to include broadband

Countries Covered

France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK

Description

This product tracks what steps governments and national regulators are taking to make 5G available. It also focuses on which spectrum bands regulators are designating and awarding for 5G services.

Detail

  • Government-led plans for 5G including funding commitments
  • Planned awards of spectrum bands intended to be used for 5G
  • Rules and format of auctions including any competition measures
  • Results of auctioned spectrum bands (including price paid by operator)

Countries Covered

UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Singapore, Japan, South Korea

Description

This product tracks measures regulators have put in place to protect and give consumers more information.

In some instances these will also be industry-led voluntary codes of conduct.

Detail

  • International roaming
  • Quality of service monitoring
  • Broadband speeds monitoring
  • Bundles and switching
  • Retail regulation

Countries Covered

France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK

Description

This product tracks amendments to, and reform of, the regulatory framework for electronic communications across the EU. It also tracks how the UK’s regulatory framework will evolve in light of Brexit and the applicability of EU regulatory initiatives.

Detail

  • Digital Single Market Strategy
  • Changes to the Recommendation on relevant markets
  • Any amendments to the UK Communications Act

Countries Covered

EU-level, UK

 

Analyst Notes

Analyst Notes provide considered reaction, opinion and context to current events including regulatory consultations, decisions, debates and relevant aspects of operator and technology company results.

Our analysts are often briefed on company strategy and ahead of important announcements and attend Analyst briefings. These events and meetings are also written up as Analyst Notes and capture the essence of what was discussed.

Unlike the News Service, the Analyst Notes go beyond reporting what has happened, and consider the issue in more depth and where relevant make comparisons between countries/regions and over time. 

  • Approx. 1,500 words in length
  • Published online and delivered by email at the time
  • 5-10 per week from the analyst team
  • Thought leadership and opinionated

Sample Analyst Notes

23 Jul 2018

UK Government unveils long-awaited Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review

17 Jul 2018

The debate around the use of the term ‘fibre’ in broadband advertising heats up

10 July 2018

An assessment of the new European Electronic Communications Code
 

 

Regulatory Briefing

A briefing on the hottest regulatory and policy topics affecting communications markets and the wider digital economy.

Useful if you are not as physically close to the market being watched. Analysts can provide additional insight based on relationships and discussions with stakeholders.

  • Presentation by conference call
  • Typically four topics presented in one hour
  • Time for Q&A
  • Accompanying slide pack (typically 20 – 25 slides)
  • Flexible country/region focus e.g. UK, Europe etc.
  • Monthly or quarterly at a date/time of your choosing

Sample Regulatory Briefing

 

June 2018 Regulatory Briefing Agenda

1. Three UK’s 5G plans
2. The EC’s Electronic Communications Code

 

News Service

The News Service reports on day-to-day regulatory events such as public consultations, regulatory decisions and spectrum awards. It is designed to keep you aware of current regulatory developments from around the world. We monitor the activity of more than 20 countries on a daily basis and select the most relevant.

  • Approx. 100 words in length
  • Simple summary with URL to source
  • Published online and delivered in a weekly summary email
  • 4-5 per day

Sample News Service

 

Weekly Summary

1 – 7 Aug 2018 

 

 

Subscription Extras

Subscription clients also benefit from these extras at no additonal cost.
 

Enquiry Service

  • Unlimited (and free) enquiries on anything published
  • Metered (hours based) bundle for specific requests that go beyond what has been published
  • We use Intercom a customer messaging platform so that you can talk to our analysts directly from the content you are looking at

Annual Conference

  • From 2019 we will host an annual event alongside a leading international law firm and media partner
  • Half-day event tightly focused around the current regulatory debates and issues
  • High profile lineup of speakers and panelists
  • Subscribers benefit from a ticket allocation at no additional cost

Email Alerts

  • Get notifications when we publish new Analyst Notes, update Trackers etc.
  • Information about new products and services
  • Monthly round-up email including details of events our analysts will be speaking at and recent media coverage
  • Fully customisable

 

Analyst Engagements, Workshops and Training

 

Our analysts regularly speak at industry conferences and forums, but are also asked to present at internal team meetings and events to share insight and an independent, external perspective. We’ve also delivered regulatory focused workshops and training sessions internationally.

If you'd like an analyst to speak at your event or present to your team get in touch.

Recent events

 

01

June 2018

Connected Britain 2018, London

Assembly’s founder Matthew Howett chaired the first day of the conference which included delivering an opening keynote address and the closing remarks. Assembly also moderated a panel on how the UK can accelerate investment in high-capacity networks.

More information →

02

November 2017

Global Broadband Futures Conference, Sydney

Late last year, the Global Broadband Futures Conference brought together leading experts from many of the world’s largest telecom companies. Assembly attended the event as a speaker and shared the challenges and opportunities of rolling out next generation broadband networks in the UK.

More information

 

 

Custom Research

We realise that not always will your needs be met purely by using our subscription research and that sometimes you need an independent research partner to carry out a study on your behalf. We have already carried out a number of research projects for a range of different types of client.

Tell us about your requirements and we’ll let you know what we can do.

Recent studies

 

01

May 2018

A study for Nominet on the attitudes towards greater spectrum sharing from a range of different stakeholders

The study involved interviewing a number of different stakeholders and understanding their views on spectrum sharing. Specifically it was about identifying what barriers they thought needed to be removed to make greater sharing a reality, particularly in a 5G environment.

02

December 2017

A report for EE on they key differences in infrastructure planning policy between the UK and other markets

The report looked at countries the UK often gets compared to in mobile coverage league tables. The purpose was to identify what specific characteristics or policy positions in various markets might have contributed to the high levels of 4G coverage experienced.

03

November 2017

A study for the NBN Co on the trends and current status of full fibre deployments around the world

The study was intended to identify which markets have been moving to full fibre deployment and whether there was a mix of technologies being used to deliver superfast and ultrafast speeds. The intention was to put some evidence around perceptions of current fibre roll out.

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