The potential extinction of desk phones and where to find the next moneymaker are among the issues facing telecom.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

August 21, 2017

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It’s no secret that this is a challenging time for the telecommunications industry. Many companies have announced layoffs this year, and their struggles to grow profits are apparent in their quarterly earnings statements.

In the meantime, M&A speculation escalates among various players, such as Sprint and T-Mobile. All eyes are on CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications to see how their merger proceeds once it gains approval from the Federal Communications Commission; and the next chapter for Avaya when it emerges from chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Where does all this leave partners?

In this gallery, Rich Karpinski, 451 Research’s principal analyst of mobile operator strategies; Brent Iadarola, Frost & Sullivan mobile and wireless communications vice president; and Michael Finneran, industry analyst and Channel Partners contributor, sort through the issues and look at what’s ahead.

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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