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The year 2017 started slowly in terms of merger & acquisition (M&A) activity in the communications sector. In 1Q17, total deal value declined to $20bn compared to $65bn a year earlier.


  • The value of deals announced in 1Q17 tumbled to $20bn, from $65bn in 1Q16.
  • In terms of deal count, the top sectors were data center (23 deals), mobile (21), and internet (16).

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes what's driving communications M&A.
  • Assesses the role of M&A in the evolution of the communications provider sector.
  • Reviews the key players in telecom M&A.

Key questions answered

  • How much M&A (deal value and number of deals) was conducted in the communications provider sector in 1Q17?
  • What market trends are motivating recent mergers?
  • Who are the biggest buyers in communications M&A?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Communications Provider M&A: 1Q17 Review & Outlook

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