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Communications providers’ M&A transaction volume in 1Q18 crossed the 100 mark to reach 101. Wireline, fiber optic, and technology were primary target industry segments.


  • Total M&A transactions announced in 1Q18 jumped to 101, compared to 69 in 4Q17.
  • Aggregate M&A spending was $36bn in 1Q18. The number of billion-dollar deal announcements increased to seven, compared to just two in 1Q17.
  • In 1Q18, the deal volume was highest for wireline (26 deals), fiber optic (18 deals), and technology (14 deals).

Features and Benefits

  • Highlights the current trends in communications providers' M&A.
  • Assesses the role of M&A in the evolution of the communications provider sector.
  • Reviews the key players in communications provider M&A.

Key questions answered

  • How much M&A (deal value and number of deals) was conducted in the communications provider sector in 1Q18?
  • What market trends are motivating recent mergers?
  • Which geographic regions and sectors are witnessing the most M&A activity?
  • Who are the biggest buyers in communications M&A?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Communications Provider M&A: 1Q18 Review & Outlook