Understanding The Carrier-Neutral Market (And Why Revenues Will Pass $40B This Year)

Posted by Matt Walker  on December 11, 2017

MTN Consulting has just published a “Market Review” of the carrier-neutral network operator (CNNO) sector. The report assesses the key role that these tower, data center, and bandwidth specialists are playing in the downsizing of the telecom sector. While ma... READ MORE

Tag(s): Capex, Data centers, Telcos, Fiber optics, Infrastructure sharing, Cell towers


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


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


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


Mobile operators & towers: to own or not?

Posted by Matt Walker  on September 20, 2017

Over the last few years, the independent tower sector has grown dramatically. Much of the growth has come from asset spin-offs: a mobile operator sells some portion of its towers to a specialist, in exchange for cash and a commitment to lease the towers back. The logic is simp... READ MORE

Tag(s): Telcos, Fiber optics, Cell towers, , Small cells


Improving Africa's connectivity: more subsea cables are a good start

Posted by Matt Walker  on December 3, 2018

Over the last two decades, submarine cables have become a key growth enabler for trade and communication between Africa and the rest of the world. Subsea cables play this role elsewhere, but the effect is newer in Africa.   With recent investments, Africa's p... READ MORE

Tag(s): Capex, Africa, Submarine, Fiber optics