Europe Telecommunications Q3 2018
Despite differences between the more developed Western European markets and the emerging markets of Central andEastern Europe, the overall strategies of the various operators in the region remain the same, albeit at different stages. As thepotential for organic growth is limited, operators aim to migrate customers to more advanced plans and upsell new services as partof a convergent strategy. Competition will focus on services rather than networks but these still require funding, with investmentsunder pressure from low prices. This is due to the tough macroeconomic environment in many markets, which impacts disposableincome and regulation. This remains a downside risk to the region's development as operators struggle to convince consumers toswitch to more advanced technologies, such as fibre and LTE.
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