Historically speaking, regulatory authorities on the telecommunications market have viewed their primary tasks to be securing debundled access for competitors to infrastructures which have, for the most part, been created by former government monopolies with substantial market power and employing regulatory controls to generate price competition benefiting consumers. In the meantime, the markets for telecommunications, media, and IT have by and large merged into one and expanded their scope from the national to the global stage; at the same time, the existing copper cable infrastructure has become more or less obsolete. Traditional telecommunications companies are struggling with falling revenues and profits in conjunction with rising demand for investments in new NGA access technologies while more and more global service providers without their own grid infrastructure (OTTs) as well as traditional media companies are turning into competitors.
As benefits of scale and alliances in Next Generation Networks (NGNs) continue to grow, many regulated companies find themselves compelled to adopt strategies for market consolidation, outsourcing, partnerships, or grid spin-offs. Regulatory authorities should encourage the investment activities of the companies for the politically desired developments in broadband capacities without putting at risk the competition and low prices which have been achieved with so much effort. The rapid increase in data traffic demands new solutions for efficient use of limited frequencies, future-proof solutions for communication between machines in the Industry 4.0 environment, and regulatory solutions for numerous new technological developments.
Fortitude understands precisely this interface between technological development and its strategic and economic implications.