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5 Emerging Telecommunications Industry Trends To Watch In 2020

From emerging technologies, like 5G and SD-WAN, to M&A activity, here are the five biggest forces that will be making their impact on the telecom market in 2020.

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Focus On Core Telecom Services  

Two of the country's largest telecom providers are intent on focusing on their core telecom services and the trend should only increase heading into the coming year.

Basking Ridge, N.J.-based Verizon in 2018 announced it would "refocus" itself around network transformation, fiber, and 5G in an effort that CEO Hans Vestburg called "Verizon 2.0," which the company said in August is paying off.

Activist investor Elliott Management in September sent an open letter to AT&T with ideas on how to help the Dallas-based carrier return to its telecommunications roots after it revealed a $3.2 billion stake in AT&T. The carrier in October said it is working with Elliott and announced its capital allocation plan which promises a disciplined review of its portfolio and no major acquisitions for the next several years.

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