The Biggest M&A of Sept.-Oct. 2016
In just the past week, we've seen three giant M&A moves that will have significant channel impacts.
Windstream pulled the trigger on a $1.1 billion purchase of EarthLink, the Internet pioneer that has since moved more heavily into business services; Broadcom announced plans to buy Brocade for nearly $6 billion, enhancing its position as a top provider of enterprise storage connectivity solutions; and CenturyLink agreed to sell its data centers for more than $2 billion — just days after announcing it would buy Level 3 Communications for $34 billion.
All of that followed what was already perhaps the biggest two-month period in the history of telecom and IT M&A.
We've broken down a baker's dozen of those huge deals in the gallery that follows, offering up takeaways for the channel from the wheeling and dealing in September and October that is nothing short of mind-boggling.
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