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Telecoms step up investment through venture capital funds


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BY : Diego GutiérrezSeptember Mon, 2013

telecoCorporate venture capital investment by telcos is at the highest levels in the last 10 years. They have invested $ 1.64 billion euros in 145 deals since the beginning of 2012.

 

34% more annual money invested in 2012

According to cbinsights data, investment by telco venture capital vehicles grew by 34% on a year-on-year basis in 2012. The number of deals grew by slightly less at 27%, meaning that the average deal size per deal was slightly higher. Corporate venture capital activity in the other sectors was lower (7% increase in volume and 23% in number of deals) reflecting the intensity of activity in the telecoms sector.

USA, Germany and France lead the ranking of the most active countries

Although telecoms' CVC investment is geographically dispersed, almost half of the deals since 2008 have been in US startups. Germany captured more than 12% with 25 stakes, almost all of them from Deutche Telekom's T-Venture. France captured 7% of the deals.

Telefónica Ventures: the Spanish benchmark

"Telefónica is being a good example of the sector's activity and is not lagging behind. It has its headquarters strategically located in London and California", says Diego Gutierrez, corporate finance expert at ABRA INVESTDuring 2013 it also maintained a good level of activity and made 3 investments: the mobility platform addfleetthe task manager Taskhub and the artificial intelligence company ExpectLabs." analyses Diego Gutierrez.

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