Saturday, 03 December 2016

Tipping the scales: telcos worldwide are keen to gain weight

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 14 March 14

With M&A on the horizon in Europe and the U.S., we look at the world's biggest mobile operators by subscribers.

Scale is a key issue in the mobile industry right now and I'm not just talking about the extra pounds gained as a result of the late-night tapas and endless canapés consumed at Mobile World Congress a couple of weeks ago. The biggest news stories in telecoms over the past week centre on operators trying to build scale, one way or another. Softbank's outspoken CEO Masayoshi Son talked of becoming a heavyweight in the U.S. by buying out T-Mobile; Bouygues Telecom increased its offer for SFR to enable it to gain some much…

Scale is a key issue in the mobile industry right now and I'm not just talking about the extra pounds gained as a result of the late-night tapas and endless canapés consumed at Mobile World Congress a couple of weeks ago. The biggest news stories in telecoms over the past week centre on operators trying to build scale, one way or another. Softbank's outspoken CEO Masayoshi Son talked of becoming a heavyweight in the U.S. by buying out T-Mobile; Bouygues Telecom increased its offer for SFR to enable it to gain some much…

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