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UK to probe Amazon, Microsoft, Google cloud services

UK to probe Amazon, Microsoft, Google cloud services
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United Kingdom regulator, Ofcom said it will begin probing cloud providers, Amazon.com Inc’s AWS, Microsoft Corp’s Azure, and Alphabet Inc.’s Google Cloud.

According to Bloomberg, Ofcom’s investigation of the tech giants will border around cloud computing, internet messaging, and smart devices.

Ofcom, which also oversees broadcasting, telecommunications and the postal service, said it will first look at whether the so-called hyperscale cloud providers might limit innovation and growth.

They receive about 81% of the revenues in the UK public cloud infrastructure market, which Ofcom said is worth £15 billion ($16.85 billion).

The investigations continue a crescendo of global scrutiny into the possible dominance Silicon Valley firms have gained over a range of markets.

In June the Competition and Markets Authority, Britain’s antitrust regulator launched a separate investigation into the Google Play store over suspected anticompetitive conduct.

Ofcom said if it finds a market isn’t working as it should, it can take the matter to the government, refer antitrust matters to the CMA, take enforcement action itself or accept remedies from a business. The independent regulator said it will public a final report within a year.

The calling and messaging study will look at services like Meta Platforms Inc’s WhatsApp, Apple Inc.’s FaceTime, and Zoom Video Communications Inc., and issues like whether they should be able to interact with each other more.

The smart devices investigation is to examine connected televisions and speakers and their bargaining power with those who produce content like entertainment and news.

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