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Regulating the integration of telecom services and public cloud environments mainly creates problems, Forbes states in a recent article.

According to Forbes, it has become increasingly normal for telecom operators to move parts of their processes and services to the public cloud. Partly for reasons of efficiency and cost savings, but also to provide new innovative services.

The combination of telecom services and public cloud environments is promising, but may also lead to more laws and regulations, Forbes notes. The question is whether these laws and regulations have a negative impact on the further development of the market segment.

According to Forbes, this may well be the case — especially in the European Union.


The recent EU Digital Services Act, which aims to ensure a level playing field for digital services on the global market, is the biggest culprit. To some extent, the new laws and regulations are a simple copy-paste of existing regulations on digital goods.

Forbes states this could lead to problems for large cloud providers. They can be held responsible for everything that happens in their environments. Furthermore, EU laws and regulations could lead to ‘unfair’ measures for companies and less choice for consumers.

Laws and regulations hinder cloud providers

Forbes concludes that third-party research, which is often conducted as a platform for laws and regulations, is an invalid basis for just and globally applicable rules. There’s too much focus on customer prices, competition and privacy. This, says Forbes, makes just regulation difficult, limiting (cloud) companies in their activities.