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The Top 10 Telecom Mergers And Acquisitions Of 2021 (So Far)

From the country’s largest carriers, to the regional players, service providers are prioritizing their core telecom businesses through fiber and infrastructure buys, and divestitures of assets unrelated to connectivity. Here’s 10 of the biggest telecom deals we’ve seen so far this year.

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Cleaning House

After a year of uncertainty and unexpected changes in plans, divesting and staying true to their roots has been the name of the game for many service providers in the telecom sector.

Some of the country’s largest carriers have made recent moves to help them get back to their core businesses. AT&T, for example, offloaded its WarnerMedia content segment to Discovery for the price of $43 billion. Rival Verizon, on the other hand, picked up a regional carrier in Kentucky to expand its own telecom services footprint. A handful of regional carriers sold off some location-based assets to make room for new growth, while other providers focused on infrastructure buys, like Cisco, which spent $4.5 billion on optical interconnect technologies and Cox Communications, which scooped up a fiber infrastructure provider in April.

While 2021 hasn’t been the year of many crazy-high price tags thus far, there’s still plenty of M&A action in the telecom sector. Here’s a roundup of 10 of the biggest telecom mergers and acquisitions that we’ve seen so far this year.

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