Tom Leins

Tom Leins is a Senior Research Analyst for TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. Based out of the company’s UK office, he also contributes to the company’s daily CommsUpdate newsletter, which includes his popular weekly MVNO Monday round-up. MVNO industry aside, Tom has developed a strong specialization in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean, tracking mergers and acquisitions, spectrum auctions, regulatory developments, market opportunities, and growth trends.

Recent Posts

A Guide to 5G Spectrum Auctions in Eastern Europe: the Baltic States

As the telecom world prepares to enter the 5G era, our GlobalComms team has been keeping tabs on regulatory agencies, spectrum bands, and provisional auction dates.

Continuing our series about the 5G auctions—which began last month with our overview of Western Europe—we now head east to examine the 5G landscape.

Today we’ll look at the state of play in the Baltic States: Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

A Guide to 5G Spectrum Auctions in Western Europe: The United Kingdom and Beyond

The United Kingdom and Ireland are two of the first countries to stage full-fledged 5G auctions. As we round out our coverage of 5G auctions in Western Europe, we’ll review what’s happening in these countries, as well as the UK Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

You can circle back and read our coverage of Nordic countries, the region between Austria, France, and the Netherlands, as well as Portugal, Spain, and Mediterranean countries.

A Guide to 5G Spectrum Auctions in Western Europe: Portugal, Spain, and Around the Mediterranean

There's no shortage of news coming out of Western Europe about planned 5G spectrum auctions.

This is just the kind of thing our GlobalComms team was engineered for. We've already covered the 5G situation across Nordic countries, as well as the nations between France and Austria in earlier posts. (And we've since tackled the British Isles.)

That brings us around the Mediterranean and toward the Atlantic, with headlines from Greece, Italy, Portugal, San Marino, and Spain. 

A Guide to 5G Spectrum Auctions in Western Europe: From Austria to France to the Netherlands

There's been a burst of announcements across Western Europe about planned 5G spectrum auctions. As you might expect, our GlobalComms team has been keeping tabs on all of the crucial information. (Check out our rundown of the 5G situation across Nordic countries here. And we've since taken on the nations between France and Austria and the British Isles.)

But we're not done yet. There are more regulatory agencies, spectrum bands, and provisional auction dates to dissect. Today we’ll look at the state of play in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

A Guide to 5G Spectrum Auctions in Western Europe: Nordic Edition

Recent months have seen a flurry of announcements across Western Europe regarding planned 5G spectrum auctions.

Our GlobalComms team has been keeping tabs on all of the crucial information: regulatory agencies, spectrum bands, provisional auction dates, etc. Today we’ll look at the state of play in the Nordic markets, with a focus on Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. (Check out similar rundowns of countries around the Mediterraneanthe nations between France and Austria, and the British Isles.)

Mergers and Acquisitions are Reshaping Eastern Europe. Here's How.

We may be less than halfway through the year, but 2018 has already seen the announcement of two major multi-country telecom operator sales in Eastern Europe. Norwegian powerhouse Telenor and UK-based Liberty Global both took steps to exit the region.

Today we look at the reconfigured telecom landscape and identify the key players to watch.

Island Hopping: Disrupting the Status Quo in Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas

The Caribbean telecom sector has long been the stomping ground of Digicel Group and Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC, now part of Liberty Latin America [LLA]). But recent years have seen fresh blood injected into a number of key markets in the region following an atypical wave of licensing activity.

Today we’re charting the respective progress of three new players: ALIV in the Bahamas, Ozone Wireless in Barbados, and Caricel in Jamaica.

Game of Phones: How Fresh Blood Could Reshape the Mobile Battleground of Brazil

Brazilian full-service telecom operator Oi has had a rough ride since the 2014 collapse of its ill-fated merger with Portugal Telecom. Oi remains saddled with an enormous debt from this move; the telco filed the largest bankruptcy request in Brazil’s history in June 2016, effectively leaving it at the mercy of its creditors.

Today we look at the front-runners for a potential takeover of Oi, as well as related companies and assets that could come into play in the next few years.

How President Mauricio Macri Changed Argentina’s Telecom Landscape

It’s all change in Argentina, where Telecom Argentina and Cablevision closed their high-profile merger on January 1, 2018. This deal marks the latest in a long line of notable telecom developments since Mauricio Macri was elected president in November 2015.

Island Hopping: What's Next for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands?

Situated in the northeast Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were hit hard by back-to-back hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.