Topic: worst telecom business moves

Predictions: 2019 and Beyond

What will happen next in wireless? That’s definitely the big question. Within these pages, we hope to provide at least a few answers. In this, our second annual Predictions Special Report, we’ve again collected four of the industry’s leading, veteran, independent analysts to ask them what is going to happen next year and beyond.
Verizon sign

Verizon/Terremark

Verizon’s $1.4 billion acquisition of Terremark in 2011 was based on a simple mission: establish a cloud services presence with a broad network of data centers. But Verizon met the grim reality that telcos lack the scale to really challenge cloud heavyweights like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google.

Windows Phone

Why bomb at mobile M&A once when you can afford to do it twice? That seemed to be the ethos for Microsoft, which in the past decade made two utterly disastrous acquisitions of smartphone makers.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (Samsung)

Galaxy Note 7

Who could forget the first time they heard a flight attendant say the Samsung Galaxy 7 was not welcome on the plane?

LightSquared

To fully understand the calamity that was LightSquared, you have to go back to around 2010, when the company launched with the goal of building a wholesale nationwide LTE network that customers could use to provide their own wireless services.
FairPoint Communications

FairPoint/Verizon

FairPoint’s $2.7 billion purchase of Verizon’s Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont wireline network in 2007 is an example of how serious network consequences can emerge if a network cutover is not implemented properly. A series of regionwide issues affecting network operations and customers quickly ballooned after FairPoint moved Verizon’s operations onto its own back office systems.

Clearwire/Xohm

The thing about Clearwire and Xohm’s (pronounced “zoam”) WiMAX network wasn’t that it was a terrible technology. Its performance was lauded—but the hype factor was over the top for an ecosystem that never transpired.
Wrigley Field in Chicago

TWC/Dodgers

Before Disney/ESPN put what could be the final nail in the coffin for bundled pay-TV programming with a spectacularly expensive $1.9-billion-a-year rights deal for 16 “Monday Night Football” games a year, the erstwhile Time Warner Cable exceeded the limits of consumer price tolerance on the local level.
Comcast Center's office in Philadelphia. Image: Comcast

Comcast/TWC

Comcast wasted 14 months, hundreds of millions of dollars and a lot of what was left of its good name in its failed $45.2 billion attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable.