Amazon and Microsoft supremacy in UK cloud market faces probe by competition watchdog

Ofcom 'particularly concerned'

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Microsoft and Amazon’s controlling role in the UK cloud market is set to face greater scrutiny, as the sector has been referred to the competition watchdog for further investigation.

The referral comes from Ofcom, the communications regulator, which has already found problems from its own review of the workings of the cloud computing market. Ofcom's probe uncovered practices that could limit competition, and it is "particularly concerned" about the role of market leaders Amazon, which provides cloud services via its Amazon Web Services (AWS) arm, and Microsoft, which had a combined market share of 70-80% in 2022, with Google their closest competitor, at 5-10%.  "High levels of profitability for the market leaders AWS and Microsoft indicate there are limits to the ...

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