10 Telecom Predictions For 2013

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More Service Provider M&A

The great contraction in the service provider market -- CLECs, cloud providers, VARs with telecom practices, you name it -- continued throughout 2012 and will be even more prevalent in 2013.

What we can expect to see is more of the following: hosted VoIP specialists being absorbed by bigger UC companies (ShoreTel buying M5 was a prime example), service providers and cloud infrastructure providers reaching into the traditional IT and MSP channel for services expertise and regional customer footprints (TDS buying Vital Support Systems was a prime example), CLECs buying each other (Birch buying Covista's assets was a prime example), emerging players keeping their M&A momentum steady (Zayo Group's telecom land grab is a prime example), and big players making headlines in bids to stay relevant (T-Mobile's planned Metro PCS merger and Softbank's Sprint investments are prime examples).


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