What’s up with… Vantage Towers, 6G in Japan, Telenor, Access Evolution

Euro M&A’s latest scuttlebutt, a dash for the 6G top and a near conclusion for Telenor’s time in Myanmar lead the pack in today’s news marathon.

Vodafonespin-out of neutral host infrastructure from Observation towers is back in the spotlight today after a Reuters report that it has received several unsolicited takeover offers from private equity firms, including Brookfield and Global Infrastructure Partners, at prices above its current valuation of 15 billion euros. But Vodafone, which still owns a majority stake in Vantage Towers, is more in favor of an “industrial merger” with either Deutsche Telekom‘s towers unit (actively looking for a bedmate) or Orange’s Totem. But the permutations of who could connect with whom are legion, with Cellnex, American Tower and several infrastructure investors looking to carve out a position of scale in the European wholesale tower sector right now – how this market is transforming via mergers and acquisitions deals is going to be very interesting to watch.

Japan aligns a consortium of big names in technology and industry, including NEC, panasonic and Toyotaalongside the government, to come up with a comprehensive set of specifications and technical guidelines for 6G and claim to be the main market for the next generation of communication network capabilities, reports the Nikkei. Technology proposals, including references for specific industry applications and use cases such as autonomous vehicles, are expected to be submitted by the Beyond 5G Promotion Consortium – the organization formed last year which also includes NTT DOCOMO, KDDI, Rakuten Mobile and SoftBank among its members – at an ITU meeting in June. Japan is keen to seize the initiative on 6G and not cede leadership to China: the Japanese government, as well as individual companies there, have been investing in R&D for some time, as well as negotiating relations with friendly nations, such as United States and Finland, which are also investing resources in 6G R&D. Last August, SoftBank pointed out 12 challenges for 6Ginsights from the first four years of 6G outlook research.

Telenor Group announcement it has received long-awaited regulatory approval to sell its Myanmar operations to Lebanese investment firm M1 Group. The Myanmar Investment Commission granted clearance on the condition that the buyer put in place a structure involving a local majority shareholder after the transaction was finalized. Telenor assured the authority that the sale does not prevent M1 from entering into a local partnership. Prior to today’s announcement, the investment firm’s local partner, Shwe Byain Phyu, acquired 49% of Investcom, a Singapore-based company set up by M1 to purchase Telenor Myanmar. Following the conclusion of the agreement with Telenor, M1 will sell an additional 31% of Investcom shares to Shwe Byain Phyu. Telenor also said that external consultants have assured that Shwe Byain Phyu and its owners are not subject to any current international sanctions. The company is also committed to working on a smooth transition for customers, partners and employees following the transaction which will close as soon as possible. The business will continue to operate under the Telenor Myanmar brand for four months, and there will be a transition service agreement with Telenor for six months. Telenor decided to exit the Myanmar market in July 2021 due to an ongoing conflict in the country, agreeing to sell its division there for $105 million. (See Telenor pulls out of Myanmar.) “Telenor needs to leave Myanmar to be able to adhere to our own values ​​of human rights and responsible business, and because Myanmar’s local laws conflict with local laws. Europeans. The security situation is extreme and deteriorating, and we must ensure that our exit does not increase the security risk to employees,” explained Telenor Group Chairman and CEO Sigve Brekke. In his own words, the sale of the unit is considered “the most realistic alternative to ensure the safety of our employees”.

After an unsuccessful attempt to obtain 100% Vodafone Italy jointly with Apax Partners, Iliad would now be on the verge of an agreement with a competitor Wind Tre share the cost of deploying 5G in remote areas of the country. Citing its own sources, Reuters said the deal would see Wind Tre set up a new company for around 7,000 existing mobile sites that serve almost a third of the population living in remote areas of the country, then sell a 50 stake. % to Iliad. The total valuation of the new unit is expected to be between 600 and 900 million euros, but a final agreement on the plan has not yet been agreed, according to Reuters. See more here.

It’s World Recycling Day and Switch, the large and popular UK-based home services price comparison and switching website, has released a timely and insightful report showing that there are some 22.24 million unused Wi-Fi devices and obsolete (mostly old routers) gathering dust in UK homes. This is mainly because UK consumers often receive a new router when they sign a new contract with their existing broadband provider. Additionally, many other consumers regularly switch broadband providers for better deals and lower prices and their old routers, which ISPs rarely, if ever, collect for resale or recycling, lie in the back of closets or on the shelves forever and a day later. Uswitch research reveals that 76% of UK consumers want the industry to introduce a ‘universal’ router that will work regardless of broadband provider. There’s not much of a chance of that being given how many companies are making the devices and making a lot of money from the incompatibility. The report also shows that 59% of Brits don’t know how to recycle a redundant router while 15% received a new router from their service provider without asking because the old one still works fine. Over 60% of consumers want ISPs to do more to recycle old technology and Uswitch provides a free guide showing users how to do this. Sky was voted the worst company for helping users recycle their old devices. The e-waste research team, Material Focus. indicates that more than one million tonnes of electrical waste is generated each year by UK households and businesses. According to the report, the UK is now home to enough discarded routers to fill 10 Olympic swimming pools, but how it calculates this is not explained. Surely it depends on how they are filled – randomly and chaotically from dump trucks or neatly piled up by minimum wage earners in work experience programs.

Zuckerberg is again. This time the aging prodigy found a wheeze to do Meta (Facebook always for the majority of us) even more money. He proposes that Instagram users be offered “opportunities” to both buy and “mint” non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the Tulip Fever-like madness that rocked 17th century Holland. is manifested once again for our extremely troubled times. Instagram users will be bombarded with advertisements for a service whose aim will be to compel them to use cryptocurrencies for entities that literally only exist as a few lines of ethereal code. Hey, but this will be a new and exciting shopping experience on a hugely popular social media platform that was built for photos and under Meta logical NFTs could be considered to be exactly that. Mark Zuckerberg says the new “feature” is under development, but added: “I’m not ready to announce exactly what it’s going to be today, but over the next few months the ability to integrate some of your NFTs, [and] hopefully over time we can create things in this environment. “Environment” indeed, hitting an NFT consumes a lot of electricity, enough, apparently to power a large and ridiculously expensive Silicon Valley ranch (hot tub included) for nine days per Token. However, if you really want to create an NFT, here’s how: Get a crypto wallet and connect it to an NFT market. Then create your first NFT (making sure your wallet is fully funded, of course). Now list your NFT for sale, manage your burgeoning virtual business, sit back and watch the virtual cash roll in even as the lights flash on and off. Simple.

The building permit has been granted for the construction of the Saxavore spaceport on the Lamba Ness peninsula on Unst in the Shetland Islands. The island, the most northerly inhabited place in the UK, is mostly grassland, has impressive cliffs and a population of around 800. The Shetland Islands Council has said construction work on three rocket launch pads can now begin, with one spacecraft (carrying a weather satellite) due before the end of this year. The spaceport is expected to be of considerable economic benefit to Shetland. Some £43million has been set aside for construction work over the next nine months and around £60million more will follow over the next five years. Jobs will also be created, as US aerospace firm Lockheed Martin has pledged to launch satellites from the new facility (after receiving a major sweetener from the UK government to do so). This all sounds very positive, but there is a potential hitch. The Scottish government in Edinburgh has 28 days to review and revise the proposal. Given that the admittedly magnificent new Scottish Parliament building, which opened in 2004, was more than three years behind schedule and at least ten times the budget, anything could happen. The building, originally estimated at between £10m and £40m (one would have thought that was a big enough margin of error, but it wasn’t), was actually £414m, that’s the equivalent of well over half a million dollars. billion pounds at today’s prices, and was paid “using conventional public funding arrangements”. In other words, taxpayers were disappointed. In comparison to this haughty excess, Saxavord is an absolute bargain.

– Staff, TelecomTV