– Ten telecoms industry predictions for 2016 partnered with mobile industry consultancy Northstream to bring you ten predictions for the telecoms industry in the coming year.

1. The EC’s negative view and ruling on market consolidation stalls M&A activity

Northstream unfortunately believes that during 2016, regulators will continue their hard and negative stance against market consolidation in the European mobile telecoms market. As a result, the potential mergers between Three/O2 in the UK and Three/Wind in Italy will not be approved. As a reaction to the negative ruling, operators across Europe will stall M&A activity and instead investigate alternative ways of cutting costs. Measures we will see are reduced CAPEX, even more network sharing, streamlining and out-sourcing.

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