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The number of M&A deals announced in 1Q19 was 46, below the 4Q18 deal volume of 57 and significantly below the 1Q18 deal volume of 101. The quarter witnessed lower M&A volume across all geographic regions.


  • Aggregate M&A spending decreased to $14bn in 1Q19. This was $36bn below 4Q18 aggregate spending and also significantly below 1Q18 aggregate spending.
  • In 1Q19, the industry segments with the highest M&A deal value were multiplay, mobile, and wireline.
  • In 1Q19, the deal volume was highest for wireline (16 deals), mobile (14 deals), and multiplay (5 deals).

Features and Benefits

  • Highlights the current trends in communications provider 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 many M&A deals were announced in the communications provider sector in 1Q19?
  • What was the aggregate M&A deal value in 1Q19?
  • What market trends have been motivating recent mergers?
  • Which geographic regions and sectors are witnessing the most M&A activity?
  • Who are the biggest players in communications M&A?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Communications Provider M&A: 1Q19 Review & Outlook