Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Build or buy: moving on from M&A

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 15 September 17

Mega-mergers in the telecoms and cable markets make for good headlines, but many operators are focusing on rolling out their own infrastructure instead

Telecoms operators the world over are examining the economics of expansion through acquisition, but this week's news shows a leaning towards build, rather than buy. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made it clear that his company is no longer looking at cable mega-deals – it reportedly made a failed US$100 million-plus bid for Charter earlier this year – and will instead build out the infrastructure it needs to provide customers with the bandwidth they need. . "We've moved on," McAdam said in an interview at this year's Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference on Thursday…

Telecoms operators the world over are examining the economics of expansion through acquisition, but this week's news shows a leaning towards build, rather than buy. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made it clear that his company is no longer looking at cable mega-deals – it reportedly made a failed US$100 million-plus bid for Charter earlier this year – and will instead build out the infrastructure it needs to provide customers with the bandwidth they need. . "We've moved on," McAdam said in an interview at this year's Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference on Thursday…

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