Africa phone tower firm IHS raises $2.6 billion

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

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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.

Verizon open to divesting cell tower assets

Cites AT&T's sale of some towers last year which preserved right to lease and operate

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc is open to divesting its network's assets including its cell towers, the company's chief financial officer said on Wednesday.

Verizon, which in February completed a $130 billion deal to buy Vodafone's stake in Verizon Wireless and get full ownership over the company, has previously announced plans to trim some aspects of its portfolio.

Battling network congestion: fiber or wireless for Mobile Backhaul?

As network operators scramble to get ahead of traffic growth, the looming question continues to be, how?

With the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 came the beginning of a global mobile revolution. Since then, mobile computing has transformed every aspect of our lives with smartphones and tablets outselling laptop computers as the primary means of network communication. In fact, this growth will only accelerate in the coming years, as the next wave of mobilization will create even more data from enterprise mobility, wearable computing and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Carlos Slim bows to Mexico telecoms reform

Toughest battery of regulations since Slim took control of former state phone monopoly in 1990s

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Billionaire Carlos Slim's America Movil AMXL.MX said on Tuesday it is ready to divest assets in an unprecedented step to cut its market share in Mexican telecoms below 50 percent and escape the burden of tougher regulations.

The company, which controls some 70 percent of Mexico's mobile market and 80 percent of the fixed line business, said in a statement its board had decided to sell assets to another company that could boost investment in the sector.

EU to team up with South Korea in global 5G race

South Korea has one of the fastest mobile broadband networks, and is home to Samsung

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is teaming up with South Korea to jointly research the next generation of mobile broadband technology, hoping the Asian country's expertise will help it catch up in a field crucial for economic growth and jobs.
 
South Korea has one of the fastest mobile broadband networks and is home to Samsung, the world's biggest smartphone maker.

Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio form network-sharing partnership

Indian operators Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio Infocomm have announced a network-sharing plan aimed at avoiding “duplication of infrastructure” and lowering costs.

The companies said they would share inter- and intra-city fiber-optic networks, submarine cable networks, towers, internet broadband services and other technologies that might emerge in future.

Besides avoiding duplication and freeing up capital for other projects, the operators said that comprehensive network sharing would help to “preserve the environment”.

Telecom Italia to sell Argentina unit, towers in new strategy

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Telecom Italia will sell its Argentina unit and other assets while issuing a convertible bond, aiming to raise around 4 billion euros ($5.3 billion) to stave off a credit rating downgrade and strengthen operations in Italy and Brazil.

Italy's biggest telecoms operator, which is in the middle of a strategy shift under new Chief Executive Marco Patuano, said it had received an unsolicited offer for its 22.7 percent stake in Telecom Argentina (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and planned to sell.

AT&T agrees $4.85 billion towers deal with Crown Castle

AT&T has agreed a $4.85 billion deal with infrastructure company Crown Castle in a deal aimed at improving its financial flexibility and value to shareholders.

The US operator is to lease rights to approximately 9,100 of its towers to Crown Castle (Houston, TX, USA) –which will also buy another 600 towers outright – and then sublease capacity on those towers as and when required.

AT&T explores potential sale of wireless towers

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AT&T Inc said on Friday it is exploring options such as a sale of its wireless broadcast towers but noted that its ability to reach a deal would depend on the terms it is able to reach with the buyer for its ongoing use of the towers.

When wireless service providers sell broadcast towers they typically lease back space from tower operators so they can continue to offer their services without interruption.

Bloomberg reported earlier this week that AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) had hired bankers for a sale of its towers that could fetch about $5 billion.

Vodafone Netherlands invests in small cells for enterprise customers

Vodafone Netherlands has become the world’s first operator to deploy an entirely scalable small cell system for its enterprise customers.

The technology is being supplied by SpiderCloud Wireless (San Jose, CA, USA) and is designed to boost in-building capacity and coverage for the operator’s range of enterprise customers.

The system can be installed much faster than older small-cell technologies and incorporates a node allowing the operator to control more than 100 multi-access small cells.

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