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Merger mania to hit telecom equipment sector, Light Reading study predicts

Consolidation of the telecom equipment sector is set to accelerate, as major vendors work their next-generation pro...


October 12, 2004  


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Consolidation of the telecom equipment sector is set to accelerate, as major vendors work their next-generation product portfolios into shape, according to a new report from Light Reading Insider.

VOIP, traffic management, next-generation access, and multiservice switching are among the technologies identified as vital to forward-thinking vendors and carriers in the report, entitled M&A: Consolidation Craze.

The report outlines the merger and acquisition strategies of North America’s largest incumbent equipment suppliers, identifies trends in next-generation product development, and judges the financial strength and valuations of 32 large public companies.

“It’s clear that even more consolidation has to occur to help improve the financial health of this industry,” says Scott Raynovich, the report’s editor. “There are lots of young companies with exciting new technology, and to become more appealing to their service provider customers, they’ll be looking to partner with larger companies or go public in the next 12 months.”

The report found that service providers will continue to drive M&A, asking smaller companies with promising technology to partner with deep-pocketed partners who can provide service and support.

Public equipment providers analyzed in this report include Agilent Technologies Inc. Alcatel SA, JDS Uniphase, Nortel Networks and Siemens AG.

Further information is available at www.lightreading.com.


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