Thursday, 23 November 2017

The A to Z of telecoms in 2015

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 11 December 15

From Altice to Zettabytes, via Cable & Wireless and cable deals, Nokia, Chuck Robbins and Xavier Niel. It's all here...

In 2015 Google undertook a major restructuring designed to bring order to its sprawling company. It separated non-core operations from its Internet business and made them all – Google included – wholly-owned subsidiaries of a new parent company called Alphabet Inc. That gave us at Total Telecom an idea. A major part of our role as purveyors of telecoms news is to bring order to the vast and sprawling world that is our industry. So read on, for the highlights of the past 12 months, in a familiar format. We'll begin at the beginning... A is for Altice, the aggressive French firm that is making its presence felt in the global telecoms market. Having closed the acquisition of SFR in late 2014, it added to its European portfolio with the acquisition of Portugal Telecom this year, made a failed bid for Bouygues Telecom and has been linked with KPN. It also announced its arrival into the U.S. with the purchase of cable operators Suddenlink and Cablevision, and hinted that it has half an eye on Cox Communications. Brussels is our B, with European competition authorities having made life difficult for certain telcos this year. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager famously derailed Telenor and TeliaSonera's plan to merge in Denmark in September, leaving other M&A-embroiled operators fearing the worst for their own proposed transactions…

In 2015 Google undertook a major restructuring designed to bring order to its sprawling company. It separated non-core operations from its Internet business and made them all – Google included – wholly-owned subsidiaries of a new parent company called Alphabet Inc. That gave us at Total Telecom an idea. A major part of our role as purveyors of telecoms news is to bring order to the vast and sprawling world that is our industry. So read on, for the highlights of the past 12 months, in a familiar format. We'll begin at the beginning... A is for Altice, the aggressive French firm that is making its presence felt in the global telecoms market. Having closed the acquisition of SFR in late 2014, it added to its European portfolio with the acquisition of Portugal Telecom this year, made a failed bid for Bouygues Telecom and has been linked with KPN. It also announced its arrival into the U.S. with the purchase of cable operators Suddenlink and Cablevision, and hinted that it has half an eye on Cox Communications. Brussels is our B, with European competition authorities having made life difficult for certain telcos this year. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager famously derailed Telenor and TeliaSonera's plan to merge in Denmark in September, leaving other M&A-embroiled operators fearing the worst for their own proposed transactions…

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