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The UK is to scrutinize the role of Amazon, Microsoft and Google in the country's £15 billion ($16.97 billion) cloud services market, with comms regulator Ofcom warning it will take action if competition concerns are identified. Ofcom, otherwise known as The Office of Communications, said it is opening a study into the role of …

  1. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge


    The seat polishing experts. Utterly useless.

  2. JT_3K

    Ah yes, let's investigate the three "giants in digital services", they're the ones scraping money the UK for projects that run forever and deliver the sum total of sod-all whilst leaving us struggling in the wake of their ineptitude. That's where the UK's digital budget is going.

    No wait, that's Mitie, GEO, G4S, Serco, Capita, Atos, Accenture....

    ...all of which won't get investigated because the boards of these companies are full of the people in parliament running things and their cronies.

    1. gandalfcn Silver badge

      Quite, all they need to do is give some influential Tories cushy directorships and there'll be no problems.

      1. gandalfcn Silver badge

        I see a Tory doesn't like the truth being exposed. either that or they are terminally gullible.

  3. Howard Sway Silver badge

    UK is to scrutinize the role of Amazon, Microsoft and Google

    Wot, no scrutiny for Oracle Cloud? Not big enough? Larry will be on the phone shortly : "Hey, I'm a big player too you know. Investigate me! Investigate me!".

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

      Re: UK is to scrutinize the role of Amazon, Microsoft and Google

      A pox on them all!

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Long overdue but a clear case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. We have sacrificed our national resilience, our data and our own cloud hosting industry at the altar of hyperscale - in our sleep.

  5. Jan K.

    "Therefore, it is hard to see what Ofcom will do if it decides big tech are stifling competition."

    Amazon, Google and Microsoft stiffling competition?

    Pfff... with those noble companies' spotless history they'll find nothing...

  6. chew on my cthulhu

    It's not as if there haven't been some great UK based competitors to the big multinational hyper scalers. Sadly, until we have a level playing field in terms of the tax that they pay, it will be impossible for them to compete. And yet our government seemingly takes no account of the tax implications or investing in UK businesses when it seeks to award contracts, reinforcing the anti-competitive nature of the marketplace.

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