Major Forces Will Shape the Communications Industry for Years to Come

By Jeff Johnston

November 2021

Key Points

  • The communications industry is expected to evolve significantly over the next several years as our work and lives grow increasingly digitized.
  • The amount of government funding expected to hit the market is unprecedented, and it will have a profound impact on bridging the digital divide.
  • Investor interest in the market is expected to remain very high, driven by infrastructure investment funds and private equity sponsors, who seek to gain exposure to the rapid digitization of the economy.
  • 5G and private wireless networks will allow small rural towns and co-ops to build their own high-speed, carrier-grade networks. They will also enable new business models and applications that will transform the way we work and live.
  • Large telecommunications companies and investors are making significant investments in fiber, which will increase the competition for cable operators who are running hybrid fiber-coaxial networks. The overall impact will re-shape the communications market.

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