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Communications provider M&A value jumped to $93bn in 2Q18. Wireline, mobile, and technology were primary target industry segments.


  • Total M&A volume of 55 deals in 2Q18 was below the 1Q18 deal volume of 101 and also below the 2Q17 deal volume of 93.
  • Aggregate M&A spending of $93bn was driven by three mega-mergers announced in 2Q18: Comcast – Sky, T-Mobile – Sprint, and Vodafone – Liberty Global assets.
  • In 2Q18, the deal volume was highest for wireline (19 deals), mobile (12 deals), and fiber optic (9 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 much M&A (deal value and number of deals) was conducted in the communications provider sector in 2Q18?
  • What market trends are 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: 2Q18 Review & Outlook