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The 10 Biggest Telecom News Stories Of 2021

From big ticket purchases and even bigger divestitures, to 5G going mainstream, here are 10 of the biggest telecom news stories that we were watching in 2021.

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Returning To Growth

Companies all around world began to see a light at the end of the tunnel in the COVID-19 pandemic, which changed the working landscape for millions of employees on a permanent basis. The telecommunications industry was not spared from the effects of the pandemic. Carriers have had to change up their business strategies to reach customers in new ways.

It wasn’t easy. The first year of the pandemic saw decreasing telecom revenues as buyers grew more conservative with their spending and as employees left their enterprise campuses. The shift caused many service providers to re-evaluate their own portfolios to make sure they were prioritizing the services that customers were starting to ask for. Several leaders in the telecom arena, such as AT&T and Lumen Technologies, made big decisions around offloading parts of their business that no longer made sense or were not generating revenue. Others, like Comcast, saw an opportunity to purchase SDN specialist and channel favorite Masergy to make them more competitive, especially in the booming SD-WAN and UCaaS markets.

2021 saw some high price tags and surprising divestitures. It also saw telecom revenues climbing back up after taking a hit in 2020, and 5G becoming mainstream for the first time as 5g-capable devices hit the market.

Here are the 10 biggest telecom stories of 2021.

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