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While communications service providers (CSPs), including traditional telcos, face many challenges in the current business climate, lack of technology options is not one of them.


  • The market for telecom network infrastructure is evolving rapidly, with barriers to entry falling as networks shift to software. The market has three global giants – Cisco, Ericsson, and Huawei – soon to be joined by the newly combined Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent, as well as dozens of smaller telco-centric vendors and IT/software vendors.

Features and Benefits

  • Reviews the most recent M&A transactions among telco vendors and assesses how they are likely to affect the market
  • Projects how competition and the vendor landscape will continue to evolve in the near term

Key questions answered

  • What have been the most significant mergers and acquisitions to occur among telecoms vendors in the past 18 months?
  • How is the evolution toward software-centric networks likely to affect the vendor landscape in the near term?

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  • Summary
  • Telecom-centric merger candidates are limited
  • More vendors spreading wings into telecom
  • The telecom landscape remains unsettled, benefiting users (usually)


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