Here’s a quick look at some of the other news items this week, including two acquisitions in the Pacific amongst other things:
I don’t follow the Hawaiian telecom market that much, but I did take notice yesterday when Hawaiian Telcom announced its intention to buy competitive operator Wavecom Solutions. The $13M deal will bring a subsea and terrestrial fiber network spanning six of the state’s minor islands in-house for the Hawaiian incumbent, which is still emerging from the shadow of its 2008-2010 BK and reorganization.
Further south, Australia’s Telstra finally found a buyer for its New Zealand assets. Vodafone will be buying TelstraClear in a somewhat surprisingly expensive $840M deal. They’ll be aiming to use TelstraClear’s fiber to bolster backhaul for their wireless business in the country, a strategy which mirrors their C&W Worldwide acquisition in the UK. Vodafone seems to have developed an appetite for fiber, I wonder where else they might be looking.
Broadsoft (NASDAQ:BSFT, news, filings) won itself some government business in the southern hemisphere. Argentina’s national tax agency, AFIP, will be leveraging their BroadWorks platform for 500 locations and 18,000 end-users, with Trans Idustrias Electronicas S.A. handling the implementation.
And back in the USA, United Network Services, Inc (UNSi) introduced a new back-up solution called Same IP Failover. The idea is to let a business back up its primary internet connection with secondary connectivity using the same IP address without BGP. UNSi recently bought IPNetZone, and has been expanding its presence in the managed services lately.