Some notable M&A updates resulted from the merger between Sprint Corporation and T-Mobile USA Inc. that was officially completed in April 2020. Including transfers resulting from the earlier merger of Tele2 NL and T-Mobile NL, a total of 22.5 million numbers were updated to the current holder.
Examining the transfer logs provided by the RIRs in greater detail, we identified some transfers that should have been recorded as M&A, as they resulted from changes in company administration. After analyzing the names of the originating and receiving organizations, we estimate that about 3.3 million numbers were administrative in nature and not policy transfers. Example reasons include:
- Transferring blocks from parent organization to subsidiary;
- Updating blocks from a former subsidiary no longer in operation to the current company name;
- Sharing resources with strategic technology partners; and
- Simply moving blocks from one org handle to another in the registry database.
When looking at RIR transfer logs, we should also keep in mind that APNIC doesn’t differentiate between administrative updates and policy transfers, while RIPE doesn’t include Legacy blocks in their transfer logs. Below is our summary of 2020 market transfers: