Also in today’s EMEA regional compilation: Vodafone turns to Ericsson in Oman; Orange teleport passes the pattern; Nokia helps with 5G revenue generation.
Sink, the Swedish provider of cloud communication services that make it easier for companies to talk to their customers via a number of channels, including Rich SMS and WhatsApp, has agreed to buy Pathwire, a cloud-based platform for delivering email based in Texas. As Reuters reports, the deal is worth about $ 1.9 billion, and is Sinch’s third major acquisition this year, after already paying out $ 1.3 billion for MessageMedia and $ 1.14 billion for Inteliquent. Pathwire claims more than 100,000 customers, including Microsoft and Lyft.
Ericsson has been awarded the contract to distribute, operate and maintain a new 4G and 5G core and radio access greenfield network for Vodafone in Oman. In addition, a five-year agreement on managed services has been signed, which, says Ericsson, will result in an “AI-driven data-driven network.” Vodafone in Oman was founded through a partnership between Oman Future Telecommunication Company and Vodafone International. It was licensed to become the third mobile operator in the Sultanate earlier this year.
And in other Ericsson news, the provider has signed a $ 2 billion sustainability-related revolving credit facility and renewed a $ 2 billion unutilized credit facility signed in 2013. Eighteen banks are participating.
Orange has joined selected bands of global operators that have received full approval of their satellite telecommunication sites from the World Teleport Association (WTA). Orange teleport is located in Bercenay-en-Othe, France, and is only the second in the country to reach WTA level 4. Orange offers satellite services to its customers covering over 2,500 connected locations in over 100 countries from Bercenay-en-Othe- website and several others outside France.
Nokia talks about new “charge configurator” software that it says enables communications service providers to more easily create new pricing and marketing offerings without having to code. It is presented as a way to effectively make money on new 5G services. The new software goes into Nokia’s existing ones Converged charge product.
Mara Rotondo Urcola has joined Telefnicaboard as an independent board member. Urcola spent 27 years at Banco Santander, primarily as an investment analyst specializing in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sector, before lecturing at various business schools. She replaces Sabina Flux Thienemann, who is leaving the post at her own request.
Great Britain altnet CityFibre has reached an agreement with Boundless networks, which will run full-fiber services under the Boundless Internet retail brand on CityFibre’s network in the Yorkshire cities of Harrogate, Knaresborough, Leeds and Ripon.
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading