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Market Trends: CSPs Accelerate Diversification Toward Adjacent Markets, 2010-2014

Published: 12 February 2015

ID: G00272583

Analyst(s): Rishi Tejpal


Communications service providers continue to accelerate diversification in adjacent markets. CSP strategists should consider acquisitions in adjacent markets, particularly in cloud infrastructure, mobile advertising/marketing and Internet/mobile TV-related companies.

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Market Trend

  • Adjacent Markets' M&As Doubled, and Core Telecom M&As Halved From 2010 to 2014
  • CSPs Prioritize IT-Enabling Services as Well as Content and Media
    • Limited M&A Activity by CSPs in Big Data and M2M Domain
  • Regional Trend
    • Asia/Pacific: Clear Strategic Shift Toward Adjacent Markets
    • EMEA: Growth in Adjacent Market M&As by CSPs Indicates a Strategic Shift in Focus
    • Americas: Mixed Trends Continue in Americas With No Significant Trend Toward Adjacent Markets; Verizon Led Investments in TV and Video on Demand Companies

Vendors to Watch


  • Adjacent Market and Core Telecom M&A Trends (2008 Through 2012 Versus 2010 Through 2014)

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