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Introduction

The forward-looking guidance announced by many of the largest publicly listed telecoms groups suggests that profitability is edging up in the telecoms service provider business.

Highlights

  • A number of companies have upgraded (increased) their initial projections for the year ahead as the year has progressed.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses financial guidance for 2017 for major telecoms operator groups.
  • Compares and evaluates guidance for different metrics and how they might impact stakeholder assessment of a company's prospects.

Key questions answered

  • What have the largest telecoms operator groups said about revenue growth prospects for 2017?
  • What have they suggested about profitability (as measured by EBITDA) for 2017?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Investors and analysts respond to signals of confidence from management (or lack thereof)
  • Guidance and results to September indicate increasing EBITDA profitability
  • Companies should be open about the range of possible outcomes, and transparent about assumptions made

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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