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

Innovative Ideas, Ambitious New Strategies Out of MVNOs World Congress 2019

It’s been a bruising start to the year for the global MVNO market. A number of virtual operators have been squeezed out of the sector or swallowed up by larger rivals.

But after spending a few days with representatives from the world’s top virtual operators, network operators, vendors, and tech developers at the 18th annual MVNOs World Congress in Amsterdam, I left feeling confident about the health of the MVNO industry.

These highlights should explain why.

Bulking Up in the Balkans: Tracking Consolidation in Southeastern Europe

Mirroring regional M&A trends elsewhere in the world, southeastern Europe is the latest geographic area to see significant consolidation–both in-market and cross-border.

How Nextel Disappeared from Latin America

Mexican telecom giant America Movil (AM) recently struck an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Nextel Brazil from its co-owners, U.S.-based NII Holdings (70 percent) and AI Brazil Holdings (30 percent). They’ll pay $905 million for the business.

When the deal receives regulatory approval, Nextel will likely merge with AM’s existing Claro business. This will make use of Nextel’s substantial spectrum holdings in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Rejected by Millicom, Who Will Liberty Latin America Target Next?

Last month Liberty Latin America (LLA)–a new player formed in 2017 following a split-off from Liberty Global–launched a surprise $7.6 billion takeover bid for LatAm-focused Millicom International Cellular (MIC). LLA was clearly looking to create a regional telecom giant with operations spanning South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

After a week of negotiations, the merger talks were abruptly cancelled. MIC’s management was reportedly unconvinced of the merits of the half-cash, half-stock deal.

A Guide to 5G Spectrum Auctions in the Gulf States: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE

As the telecom world prepares to enter the 5G era, our GlobalComms team has been tracking major 5G auctions around the globe. Catch up on all of them here.

Today we’ll look at what’s happening in major markets in the Middle East. We'll explore what’s happening in the Arab States that border the Persian Gulf, with a focus on Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Customer Experience, Quad-Play, and Roaming Up For Discussion at MVNOS Europe

This month saw the 15th annual MVNOs Europe event take place at the ILEC Conference Centre in London.

I was glad to be there and connect with representatives from some of the region’s top virtual operators, network operators, vendors, and tech developers.

Some highlights from the conference stage:

Central American Cableco Takeovers are Reshaping the Region

Historically, Carlos Slim-backed America Movil and Spanish giant Telefonica have dominated the Central American telecom space.

However, the landscape is shifting.

TeleGeography's Guide to 5G Auctions

As the telecom world prepares to enter the 5G era, our GlobalComms team has been keeping tabs on all of the crucial information: regulatory agencies, spectrum bands, provisional auction dates, etc.

You might have caught several of our posts already. We're saving all of our 5G auction updates here. Check back for new 5G stories in the coming weeks.

A Guide to 5G Spectrum Auctions in Eastern Asia: China, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong

As the telecom world prepares to enter the 5G era, our GlobalComms team has been tracking major 5G auctions around the globe. Catch up on all of them here.

Today we’ll look at what’s happening in major markets across eastern Asia, including China, Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong.

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 tracking major 5G auctions around the globe. Catch up on all of them here.

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