Consolidation trends

June 5, 2018

Consolidation among operators has been a feature of mobile markets over the last decade. This is due to a series of factors that have caused lower profitability, such as the entry of new operators, competition from internet platforms in communications services and social media, data commodification, and the need to invest in technology upgrades over shorter cycles. 

The telecommunications market is highly dynamic: emerging technologies are driving new business models, constantly blurring the boundaries between sectors. In this type of scenario, mergers can be an important mechanism for boosting investment and quality. Merger review should allow for this dynamism, which has implications for relevant market definition, market analysis, entry barriers and consideration of efficiencies.

The GSMA, with GSMA Intelligence, has prepared specific studies showing the impact of mergers on quality and investment in selected markets.

Impact of market structure on innovation and quality in Central America


Driving mobile broadband in Central America
Central America is lagging behind in mobile broadband adoption and deployment. This study outlines proposals to promote market structures that boost competition in investment and innovation.
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Case study: Hutchison/Orange merger in Austria
Analysing the Hutchison/Orange merger in Austria, this report highlights the positive impact of consolidation on network quality and coverage.
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