The report below on a Mark Zuckerberg appearance at the Mobile World Congress illustrates the fact that with the changing balance of power in the telecoms world, the regulatory picture is inevitably going to change (and/or will need to change). If the market is increasingly all about audience and content rather than the "pipe" through which it is carried, then whoever has the market power will be the focus of regulation, even if it takes the regulators a while to catch up with this. Faux naivety on the part of companies will only work for a while.
Mobile networks are seeing their revenues threatened by messaging apps like WhatsApp, .... Meanwhile, they are still much more heavily regulated - Deutsche Telekom's boss made a call in Barcelona for internet firms to face the same level of regulation. But on stage the mobile operators joined in the love-in, ..... Facebook's founder was briefly asked about regulation. His answer, somewhat bizarrely for the chief executive of a major communications company, was that he did not understand the subject - "I'm not a regulator". The self-congratulatory session ended with little light shed on how the ... relationship between the social network and the companies which have built the internet's infrastructure might develop. But some time soon - just as Google has already discovered - the regulators will come knocking. Mr Zuckerberg will need to have some answers then.