5G take-off fails to revive growth in a mature industry

Last update – June 2023
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  • Highly regulated, concentrated markets with generally predictable cash-flows and limited churn

  • Generally high EBITDA margins (30-40%)

  • Long-term trend of booming data use

  • Resilience to periods of downturns in advanced economies
  • Market maturity in advanced economies leads to strong price competition

  • Highly capital intensive business (capex in the range of 10-20% of revenue)

  • High leverage (net debt / EBITDA > 3) among a few large U.S. and European players

  • Uncertainties related to the U.S.-China tensions, Huawei of China being the leader in 5G technologies

  • Sensitivity to periods of downturns in emerging economies
  • Exposure to deteriorating financing conditions
Aurelien Duthoit
Allianz Trade