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Although there are signs of economic recovery, telcos have not loosened their purse strings. They are, however, making judicious investments to deliver a sustainable and flexible business. Telecoms suppliers are clearly anxious to know what changes are occurring on the buy side of the market, what telcos are buying, and where they are likely to invest in the next 12–18 months.


  • Telecoms capital spending grew at a faster rate compared to total revenues in 2014.

Features and Benefits

  • This report provides insights into the buying trends of the top-tier telcos.
  • It compares telcos buying behaviors in 2014 with 2013 to highlight changes in behavior relevant to vendors targetting the telecoms industry

Key questions answered

  • What did telcos buy from their suppliers in 2014 and how will this affect their buying patterns in 2015?
  • How relevant are IT systems to telcos' objectives of improving revenues and customer experience?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages
  • Recommendations

Market conditions control telcos’ investment trends

  • Capital spending grew faster than total revenues in 2014

Analysis of telco purchasing trends

  • Western Europe dominates, while Asia-Pacific is the most important network market
  • Contract analysis in the network domain
  • Contract analysis in the IT domain


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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