TECH SUPPLIER May 2020 - Market Perspective - Doc # CA45063720

Wave of Fibre-Optic Infrastructure Deals Impact Canadian Communications Landscape

By: Lawrence SurteesResearch Vice President, Communications

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This IDC Market Perspective reviews the wave of communications infrastructure acquisitions made in the fibre-optic and cellular tower distribution businesses by two major emerging global infrastructure players in recent months before the COVID-19 pandemic. We also examine the deals among players that have an impact on the C$55 billion-a-year communications landscape.

"Rather than being a brake on telecom infrastructure deals later in 2020 and early 2021, the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely stimulate further infrastructure acquisition opportunities in the wake of revenue slowdowns, depressed share prices, and difficulties obtaining access to capital," says Lawrence Surtees, report author, vice president, and principal analyst, Communications Research at IDC Canada.


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