The UK is the leading destination market for greenfield communications and media FDI, while the US is the top source market. GlobalData’s communications and media foreign direct investment (FDI) report highlights the current trends in communications and media foreign investments. Buy the report here.

Between 2019 and 2022, the communications and media sector was the third largest FDI sector in terms of the number of greenfield investments. The communications and media sector accounts for 8.1% of global greenfield FDI projects.

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Greenfield foreign direct investment is when a company invests abroad to establish a new physical presence or expand an existing operation. Greenfield investments create jobs and/or involve a capital investment into the foreign location. Other forms of FDI, such as mergers and acquisitions, are not included as part of this definition.

Combined, the top ten destination countries account for 53.9% of total communications and media FDI projects.

The leading destination country for communications and media FDI is the UK. Finland, Germany and the US are also popular communications and media investment hubs.

According to GlobalData’s FDI Projects database, Hong Kong (China SAR)-based companies were the leading source of greenfield communications and media investments into the UK.

With respect to outbound FDI, the US was the leading communications and media source market. US-based companies held a 27.6% share of total outbound communications and media FDI projects. Sweden, UK, Germany and China are also top source markets for communications and media FDI.

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GlobalData’s FDI Projects Database records greenfield FDI throughout the world in real-time. The data can be used to analyse company cross-border expansion activities as well as identify industry, thematic and geographic trends.