The tangled web of mobile telecommunication mergers: Hutchison Whampoa, Telefónica and BT

Peter Curwen, Jason Whalley

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    Purpose – This paper aims to demonstrate how consolidation within Europe’s mobile telecommunication markets requires willing buyers and sellers.Design/methodology/approach – After highlighting the resurgence in merger and acquisition (M & A) activity in mobile telecommunications, the paper draws on a variety of secondary sources to analyse the strategies of three companies.Findings – The paper highlights the interwoven nature of the strategies of three companies: BT, Hutchison Whampoa and Telefónica. BT has returned to the mobile telecommunications market in the UK, with the company it did not acquire being purchased by Hutchison. As Hutchison implements a “double or quits” strategy in Europe, it has acquired operations from Telefónica, which, in turn, has exited most of its non-Spanish European operations to focus on Latin America.Research limitations/implications – The paper relies on secondary data and thus highlights the challenges of doing so and the need for more information regarding M & As to be in the public domain.Practical implications – There is a need to adopt a sector-wide or regional approach for analysing the strategies of telecommunication companies.Originality/value – The paper uniquely provides an overview of three corporate strategies to show how they interact with one another.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17-37
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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