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Market Trends: CSPs Continue to Diversify Into Adjacent Markets, 2016

Published: 26 May 2016

ID: G00295668

Analyst(s): Wm. L. Hahn , Rishi Tejpal


Adjacent markets offer many new services and revenue-generating opportunities for CSPs seeking diversification. Strategic planners of such CSPs must focus on acquisitions in adjacent markets, like information and communication technology/cloud infrastructure, TV-related, and content/media companies.

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Market Trend

  • Adjacent Market M&As Grew Significantly by 80% and Core Telecom M&As Decreased by 55% During 2011 to 2015
  • ICT-Enabling Services and Digital Content/Media-Related M&As Gained More Traction From CSPs
  • Regional Trend Analysis
    • Asia/Pacific: CSPs Accelerate Their Push Toward Adjacent Markets
    • EMEA: Adjacent Market Focus Dominates at the Expense of Core Telecom
    • Americas: Significant Increase in Adjacent Market M&As by CSPs in the Region

Vendors to Watch


  • Adjacent Market and Core Telecom M&A Trends (2008 to 2012, 2010 to 2014 and 2011 to 2015)

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