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Communications providers’ M&A transaction volume in 4Q17 declined from the previous two quarters, while transaction values nearly tripled from the previous quarter.


  • Total M&A transactions announced in 4Q17 decreased to 66 compared to 78 in 4Q16.
  • Aggregate M&A spending increased to $71bn in 4Q17. This was primarily driven by the Walt Disney–Fox deal announcement.
  • In 4Q17, the deal volume was highest for datacenter (15 deals), wireline (14), and mobile (13 deals).

Features and Benefits

  • Highlights the current trends in communications providers' M&A.
  • Assesses the role of M&A in the evolution of the communications provider sector.
  • Reviews the key players in communications provider M&A.

Key questions answered

  • How much M&A (deal value and number of deals) was conducted in the communications provider sector in 4Q17?
  • What market trends are motivating recent mergers?
  • Which geographic regions and sectors are witnessing the most M&A activity?
  • Who are the biggest buyers in communications M&A?

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  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Communications Provider M&A: 4Q17 Review & Outlook

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