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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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Consolidation To Continue  

While the two top telecoms in the U.S. have publicly said they will slow down their buying sprees, or even in the case of AT&T, stop making acquisitions for the next couple of years, the current political climate is being viewed as merger-friendly after AT&T was granted permission to acquire Time Warner in a $85.4 billion mega-deal in 2018. The decision was later upheld by a federal appeals judge in 2019.

The third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the U.S., Sprint and T-Mobile, are expected to come together early next year after the two companies were granted approval by the FCC in November.

 
 
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