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Successful postmerger integration in telecommunications: Tying the knot? Untangle it first

September 2016
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European telecommunications companies are beating the bushes for attractive mergers-and-acquisition (M&A) deals. Too many of those deals, however, don’t deliver the expected benefits—and often end up destroying value. The culprit: poor postmerger integration execution. Telcos can avoid disappointment by planning better and moving faster.

At a glance

  • Today’s deals are hyper-complex, forcing merger partners to grapple with “wicked problems” such as integrating legacy IT systems, rationalizing and cross-selling product lines, and migrating customer databases.
  • Adding to the complication, regulators often demand structural remedies to ensure robust competition.
  • Companies can overcome these challenges by planning with near-military precision and intensity and by moving quickly to validate estimates of merger benefits.
  • We recommend that companies over-invest in integration planning and start planning well deal closing.
  • Technology—and a hefty dose of courage—can help companies untangle the knotty problems they face and leapfrog the competition with cutting-edge processes and services.

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