Africa phone tower firm IHS raises $2.6 billion

Deploying towers in Africa is typically more expensive than in other regions

Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - Nigerian phone tower group IHS has raised $2 billion in equity and $600 million in debt in what it says is the biggest equity fund raising by an African company this decade.

IHS, the continent’s largest tower company, will use the money to finance infrastructure spending and recently agreed acquisitions, according to a company statement on Monday.

It said the equity funding was from new and existing shareholders, but did not provide further details.

Ericsson flags North America slowdown

Period of intense network investment may be drawing to a close

Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson said on Friday a slowdown in North America created uncertainty over fourth quarter sales as operators cut spending after big investments in high-speed networks.

A build-out of the newest 4G/LTE networks by operators in North America, where Ericsson makes about a quarter of its sales and Chinese rival Huawei is effectively barred from doing business, has supported the Swedish firm at a time of stagnation in much of Europe.

EU and China end telecoms row as EU drops threats against Huawei

Both sides agree to task an independent authority to monitor market shares

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has ended a long-running telecoms row with China, the EU's trade chief said on Monday, dropping a threat to levy punitive tariffs on Chinese telecoms exports and easing tensions between two of the world's top trading powers.

As Reuters reported exclusively on Oct. 8, the deal struck between Brussels and Beijing sets out a framework for China to address EU concerns about subsidies to Huawei [HWT.UL], China's No. 2 telecoms equipment maker, and its smaller rival ZTE.

TMT Finance and Investment ASIA 2015

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
End Date: 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Singapore:

The 6th TMT Finance & Investment Asia event will take place in Singapore on January 28 with a new expanded programme featuring 20 sessions on Telecom, Media and Digital Technology Investment Strategy for Asia.

Roundtable Discussion: Privacy & Identity Management

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, December 4, 2014
End Date: 
Thursday, December 4, 2014

California:

Join us for this meeting, we'll look at the topic of privacy from the perspective of one potential solution: Personal Identity Management. How can businesses, individuals, and families manage their identities, their personal data, their privacy preferences, and do so globally across the Internet. Can we reach this goal, or will we forever be the victims of unscrupulous companies, governments, and hackers?

Telecom Council Deep Dive: Entertainment

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
End Date: 
Thursday, November 13, 2014

California: 

Join 100+ telecom executives on this 2 part meeting to discuss the technologies in entertainment. The first day of our two-day Entertainment sessions will focus on the content side: games, video, media, audio, apps, and more. The second day of our two-day Entertainment session will focus on the network side of the entertainment business. You have the option to register for 1 session or for both.

EU hopes to resolve China telecoms dispute this week

Brussels alleges illegal subsidies to Chinese mobile network equipment makers

Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - China and the European Union aim to end a long-running telecoms row this week, the EU's trade chief said on Friday, potentially easing tensions between two of the world's top trading powers.

Reuters reported exclusively last week that Europe was close to a deal with Beijing on defusing the issue of what Brussels says are illegal subsidies to Chinese makers of equipment for mobile telecom networks.

Danaher to combine communications unit with NetScout

Companies are spending more on internet security to prevent breaches

Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. healthcare technology group Danaher Corp is combining its communications unit with NetScout Systems Inc, scaling up the business at a time when companies are spending aggressively on cybersecurity.

Danaher shareholders will get NetScout shares worth $2.6 billion, giving them majority stake in the company, while NetScout will have operational control.

Danaher's communications business sells cybersecurity products and tools to manage networks, while NetScout makes products that monitor software applications on networks.

Mexico launches project to create state-owned mobile network

Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson have already helped a consortium place a bid to build the network

Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's government on Thursday kick-started a project to launch a state-owned mobile network by 2018, part of a wider effort to support competitors to billionaire Carlos Slim's dominant America Movil.

Mexico's telecoms regulator and the telecommunications and transport ministry (SCT) agreed on terms and conditions for the development of the network in a first step toward launching it, according to a statement from the regulator.

Cisco to set up $80 million China cloud joint venture with TCL

Cisco to invest $16M for 20 percent stake in firm which has not been named

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc will establish an $80 million joint venture with Chinese hardware manufacturer TCL Corp to invest in commercial cloud computing services, TCL said in a stock exchange filing on Thursday.

Cisco will invest $16 million in the new firm, which has not been named and is still being registered, and hold a 20 percent stake, the filing said. TCL will pay $64 million for an 80 percent share. These investments will be made over three stages, each of which will require the approval of both parties. No timeframe for the investments was given.

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