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Market Trends: Top CSPs' Mergers and Acquisitions Mark Strategic Shift to Adjacent Industries, 2008-2012

Published: 21 February 2013

ID: G00246656

Analyst(s): Rishi Tejpal


Communications service providers have continued to derive limited growth from core telecom services. This has prompted some major CSPs to invest in adjacent industries, mainly in the media and content sector, in search of new growth areas.

Table Of Contents
  • Recommendations to CSPs


Market Trends

  • M&As in Adjacent Industries Grew Fourfold, but Core Telecom M&As Halved
  • M&As Increased in Mobile Content, Cloud Infrastructure, Mobile TV, and Application and MVAS Sectors
  • Regional Trends
    • Asia/Pacific: CSPs From the Most Advanced Markets Led Investments in Adjacent Industries, With NTT and SingTel Making Strategic Acquisitions
    • Americas: Mixed Approaches, With No Dominant Trend; BCE Led Adjacent-Industry Investment
    • EMEA: Large CSPs Made Significant Partnerships in the Core Telecom Sector; Telefonica Led Strategic Investments in Adjacent Industries

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