Build or buy: moving on from M&A

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

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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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