Regulator examines dominance of Amazon, Microsoft and Google Cloud


The watchdog will examine whether barriers to competition emanate from AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

UK communications regulator Ofcom is investigating the dominance of Amazon, Microsoft and Google in the cloud services market.

In the coming weeks, Ofcom will launch a study into the UK’s £15bn ($16.9bn) cloud sector. The watchdog checks whether Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud pose obstacles to competition.

Ofcom said on Thursday it would take action if it found the companies were harming competition.

Together, the three companies generate around 81% of revenue in the UK market for public cloud infrastructure services. Ofcom said it wanted to “formally assess how well this market is performing”.

It will examine “the strength of competition in cloud services in general and the position of the three hyperscalers in the market”.

The regulator will also “take into account all market characteristics that [make] it is difficult for…

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