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Indian Operators Divesting Tower Assets To Raise Cash

Posted by Matt Walker  on November 2, 2017

Faced with tough competition and high debt, Indian telecom operators are spinning off their tower assets to investors or independent tower companies to improve their financial situation. The 2016 sale of Tata Teleservices’ tower business (Viom) to ATC, an... READ MORE

Tag(s): Capex, Regulations & policy, M&A, Mobile broadband, Telcos, Infrastructure sharing, Cell towers, India

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Weak network spending climate becoming more apparent

Posted by Matt Walker  on October 31, 2017

Fidelity’s “Communications Equipment” index is up nearly 11% so far this year, tracking just a few points behind the S&P 500’s YTD gain of about 15%. Looking ahead, though, the communications equipment sector remains challenged, something 3Q1... READ MORE

Tag(s): Capex, Earnings, Fixed broadband, M&A, Mobile broadband, Telcos

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Cisco Buys BroadSoft For $1.9B In A Cloud & Collaboration-Driven Deal

Posted by Matt Walker  on October 23, 2017

Cisco Systems is one of the largest suppliers to network operators worldwide, including telcos. Its growth strategy from the start has been reliant heavily on acquisitions, and 2017 has been no exception. Today the vendor announced it would buy Gaithersburg, Maryl... READ MORE

Tag(s): Cloud, M&A, Telcos, Collaboration

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Early Telco Reporters Verizon & Rogers Provide Mixed Signals For Vendors

Posted by Matt Walker  on October 19, 2017

The first sizable telcos reported 3Q17 earnings this morning: Verizon and Rogers. Both can point to reassuring bottom line results. For the 9 months ended September, operating & net margins improved year-over-year, as did earnings per share. Rogers’ EPS throug... READ MORE

Tag(s): Capex, Earnings, M&A, Telcos, Content/video, Infrastructure sharing, Cable TV

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Communications Sector M&A Dominated By Infrastructure In 3Q17

Posted by Matt Walker  on October 18, 2017

October’s seen a few mergers already, including Airtel-TTSL, a tower sale by Zain and the long-rumored Sprint-T-Mobile transaction (confirmed yesterday). Some interesting deals came out of 3Q17 too, especially in infrastructure markets.63 M&A transactions announced, includi... READ MORE

Tag(s): Data centers, M&A, Telcos, Fiber optics, Infrastructure sharing, Cell towers

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India’s RCom Under Pressure After Its Failed Merger With Aircel

Posted by Matt Walker  on October 12, 2017

Reliance Communications’ (RCom) long-planned merger with Aircel, part of Maxis, fell apart last week in the face of legal and regulatory hurdles. This news comes as multiple operators in India are struggling with debt and declining margins. Both RCom and Aircel f... READ MORE

Tag(s): Capex, Earnings, M&A, Mobile broadband, Telcos, Infrastructure sharing, Cell towers, India

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Security Specialist Barracuda Reports 7% Revenue Growth; Margins Still An Issue

Posted by Matt Walker  on October 11, 2017

Barracuda Networks, a security/data protection solution vendor, yesterday reported $94.3M in revenues for the quarter ended August (~3Q17). That’s 7% growth from the prior year (June-August 2016). This growth rate would satisfy many companies, including ... READ MORE

Tag(s): Earnings, M&A, Security

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Third Quarter Earnings Season Around The Corner (And Yes, It’s Cloudy)

Posted by Matt Walker  on October 6, 2017

Over the next 3 weeks, companies across the communications sector will begin reporting third quarter (3Q17) results. Watch for telco progress The world has never been so reliant on secure communications, but the underlying market is in a bit of turmoil. The cloud and ... READ MORE

Tag(s): Cloud, Data centers, Earnings, M&A, R&D, Telcos, Content/video

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Comtech Expects Flat 2018; US Market An Issue?

Posted by Matt Walker  on October 4, 2017

If you follow telecom closely yet haven’t heard of Comtech, that’s no surprise. Acquisition of TCS in 2016 doubled the company’s size Comtech Telecommunications Corp. is far smaller than the biggest vendors in the  market (Huawei, Ericsson, Noki... READ MORE

Tag(s): Earnings, M&A, Mobile broadband, Telcos, Transmission

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China Mobile To Go (More) Global?

Posted by Matt Walker  on September 29, 2017

Buying opportunities During the 2008-9 financial crisis, some wondered (including me) if the relatively flush Chinese operators would use the downturn as a buying opportunity into overseas telco markets. China Mobile seemed promising, given its (now even higher) cash r... READ MORE

Tag(s): Capex, M&A, Mobile broadband, Telcos

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Content cost crunch on the horizon?

Posted by Matt Walker  on September 20, 2017

BackgroundFor several years, the telecom industry has faced a slow-growth climate. Telcos have adapted, cutting short-term costs as they position for longer-term cost reduction with efforts virtualization & software-defined networks. Most telco execs seem relatively confid... READ MORE

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