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Gisle M. Eckhoff, CEO of Digiplex on innovation within edge computing

The Nordic data centre market is one of the most active and attractive areas for development in the world, estimated to have reached the $7.0 billion mark at the end of 2018. This has been driven in large part by development and build-out by hyperscalers such as Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

With converging trends in cloud, digital collaboration, mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT) increasing the volume of data large companies need to process; the shift towards edge computing has come to the forefront in 2019.

London – 11.09.19 – Global M&A activity in telecoms infrastructure is showing little sign of cooling, with an estimated US$62 billion of significant sized deals expected to come to market before the end of 2019, according to recent analysis by TMT Finance, the leading news service for mergers and acquisitions in the telecoms, technology and media sectors. 

An increasing number of US-based investment banks and boutiques are headhunting experienced Europe-focused TMT bankers to lead newly created teams or boost existing ones, in London and other European finance centres, and thereby tap into the explosion of dealmaking in the region and the increase of cross-border M&A.

Following the closure of its inaugural US$4.05bn fund – and surpassing an original US$3bn target – Digital Colony has cemented itself at the nucleus of communications infrastructure investment. With commitments from North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, the investment firm is showing that appetite for communications infrastructure assets is soaring across the globe.

With digital transformation increasing the volume of data large TMT companies need to process, and the shift to off-premises cloud computing, competition for the best assets is intensifying. Buyers need to be selective and understand how to acquire at speed, as well as navigate increased regulatory scrutiny, global political uncertainty, the impact of 5G, unsettled markets and questions about trade and tariffs.

As organic growth in African telecoms continues to slow, operators are increasingly looking to diversify revenue streams through new technology and services such as fintech, IoT and security. Meanwhile, investment in communications infrastructure is booming, especially in areas such as datacenters, wireless towers, satellite, subsea cable and fibre. 

The gender divide in career progression must end and end now, explains Sue Unerman, Chief Transformation Officer at MediaCom. ‘There needs to be a change in approach both from business leaders and from people on the way up in their careers. Businesses need to do more, much more, but also there are a series of steps that women can take to drive their own progression.’

With more women than ever in the workforce, but still too few in the boardroom, it feels as if it’s the right time to address the assumptions and miscommunication holding women back.

TMT Finance, the world’s leading news service for mergers and acquisitions in the telecoms, technology and media sectors, is pleased to announce the first shortlists for the TMT M&A Awards 2019, which are to be presented in London on Nov 26.

Some of the world’s largest global telecom operators, private equity investors, M&A advisers and bulge bracket and boutique investment banks including Liberty Global, Vodafone, BC Partners, Apax, UBS and JP Morgan, are highlighted in the shortlists announced for Telecom M&A Deals of the Year in EMEA, Mid-Cap Europe and Asia.