It’s good to merge—analysing the BT/EE merger

It’s good to merge—analysing the BT/EE merger

Market Tracker analysis: Are we entering into a new phase for the European telecoms market? Daniel Preiskel, senior partner at Preiskel and Co looks at how the BT/EE merger, set to complete by the end of the year, may impact on the telecoms industry in the UK and Europe.

Background

In December 2014, BT started exclusive talks to buy EE, Britain’s largest mobile operator, for £12.5bn as part of its plans to make itself a major ‘quad-play’ provider of mobile, broadband, home phone and TV services.

Is the European telecoms market entering a phase of consolidation?

The consolidation trend in the EU telecoms market is likely to continue as the sector remains fragmented in comparison with regions where this process started earlier, such as in the US and Asia markets. For example, mobile network operators in the EU are mindful to point out that the US has a handful of operators covering 50 States covering a population of over 300 million and are therefore looking to drive further consolidation in the fragmented EU markets.

What has driven this?

The European telecoms market seems to be following a global trend. The increasing popularity and importance of new technologies and services—such

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About the author:
Jenisa is Head of Market Tracker, a transaction analysis product that sits within Lexis®PSL Corporate. She has over 13 years of legal publishing experience, with a focus on researching and reporting on trends and developments in the corporate and commercial legal market. Previous roles include content developer for Lexis®PSL, Legal Podcaster at Informa, and Research Editor at Practical Law Company where she specialised in reporting on cross-border corporate and commercial developments from the firm’s New York office.