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Recent Ovum research, Digital Economy 2025, highlights the changing role and outlook of communications service providers (CSPs) in the telecoms and media industry.


  • For operators in developed markets, collaborating and investing in digital start-ups remains common, and this trend is slowly catching on among emerging market operators which are also turning to digital start-ups as they transform their core telco business.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies operators that are leveraging venture fund investments in startups to source innovation.
  • Identifies the up and coming segments where telecom operators are placing their bets.

Key questions answered

  • Which operators are actively investing in digital start-ups?
  • Why are operators investing in digital start-ups?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Investing in digital start-ups is catching on among emerging Asia operators
  • E-commerce, fintech, and m-health remain popular
  • IoT, virtual and augmented reality, and AI slowly gaining relevance
  • Ovum’s view and recommendations


  • Further reading
  • Author

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