Consolidation is predicted in a number of markets where operators are struggling to sustain growth due to over competition, such as in India, Indonesia and Vietnam. The surge in demand for data is also driving deals as telecom operators across the region look to invest more in broadband infrastructure, spectrum, licences, new technology and business models.
“We have seen a number of trendsetting deals recently such as Softbank’s US$2.3bn acquisition of Japanese broadband operator eAccess, and Sistema of Russia negotiating a US$3bn deal to buy Aircel and consolidate its position in India,” said Dominic Lowndes, Managing Editor of TMT Finance, the event organiser. “Shareholders of smaller operators are looking for an exit as they realise the financing and investment needs are too great to compete in some markets.”
“The return of private equity is also highly significant with Carlyle investing in Indonesian towers, CVC buying into Hong Kong Broadband, and a number of media related deals in the pipeline,” added Lowndes. “And there is huge operator and financing interest in new licence opportunities such as Myanmar.”
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The conference programme features a series of leadership panel debates, keynote presentations and exclusive networking sessions on: Telecom Leadership Strategies; Mergers and Acquisitions;
Companies with speakers announced so far include Telstra Global, CSL, Citigroup, Tata Communications, Tower Bersama, Credit Suisse, ANZ, Moody’s, Analysys Mason, Hong Kong Broadband Network, Huawei, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, IFC, MIGA, the World Bank, MSL Group Asia, Actel Consulting, CE On-Demand, DBS Group, Standard Chartered, ING and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
TMT Finance & Investment Asia 2013 takes place at the JW Marriot hotel, Pacific Place Hong Kong, on February 6 from 8am to 8pm. Find out more at www.tmtfinance.com/