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A Telecom Analyst’s Take On CES 2018

Posted by Matt Walker  on January 19, 2018

For most of my career, I’ve been focused on the telecom industry and its components. I’ve been to dozens of telecom-focused conferences & exhibitions, in Asia and the Americas. I had never been to a consumer-focused show, though. In order to learn a bit (and check out som... READ MORE

Tag(s): Webscale/Hyperscale, Internet of things (IoT), Artificial intelligence (AI), Mobile broadband, R&D

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Telco-OTT Battle Is Looming In India As Net Neutrality Policy Is Reviewed

Posted by Matt Walker  on December 14, 2017

Globally, operators are experiencing a rough patch, with sliding core revenues combined with an ongoing need to invest and maintain their networks. The wide usage of apps and services provided by OTTs, purchased easily from a smartphone or other device (e.g. Apple TV, R... READ MORE

Tag(s): Regulations & policy, Mobile broadband, Over the top (OTT), Telcos, Content/video

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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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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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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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Rising Costs Plague India’s Tata Teleservices As Competition Intensifies

Posted by Matt Walker  on September 27, 2017

Tata Group is looking for a clean break Tata Teleservices (TTSL) has family ties to one of India’s biggest industry groups, but that hasn’t helped it escape the “Jio effect” in recent years.  With just 8.7 million subscribers and ... READ MORE

Tag(s): Regulations & policy, Mobile broadband, Telcos, Fiber optics, Infrastructure sharing

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Running Converged Networks Is Costly; A View From Thailand

Posted by Matt Walker  on September 23, 2017

Mobile operator AIS to consolidate ownership in CS Loxinfo Thailand’s largest mobile operator AIS announced this month it would spend $79M to buy a 56% stake in CS Loxinfo, an enterprise-focused fixed line operator. AIS is picking up 42% from a Thaicom ... READ MORE

Tag(s): Fixed broadband, Regulations & policy, Mobile broadband, Telcos, Fiber optics

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