Social improvement must be focus for ICT says Japanese regulator

The most important function of ICT for Japan in the future is its role in addressing social needs, according to Charley K. Watanabe, deputy director-general of the Information and Communications Bureau at Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). Watanabe, who was speaking at Ericsson’s Business Innovation Forum in Tokyo, pointed towards the requirements of Japan’s ageing population as well as the need to manage key resources with greater efficiency as two areas where ICT could be used to drive social improvements.

Millicom offloads Colombian towers

Developing markets operator Millicom International Cellular, said Monday that its Colombian subsidiary had agreed to sell 2,126 cell towers to America Tower for $182m in cash.

Millicom grabs third Rwandan licence

Luxembourg-based carrier Millicom International Cellular (MIC) said Monday it has been awarded the third national mobile licence for Rwanda. Millicom, which operates in a variety of emerging markets including neighbouring African countries Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo, said it will own 87.5 per cent of a newly created joint venture firm in partnership […]

China Mobile snaps up Paktel

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) said on Sunday that it has signed an agreement for the sale of its 88.6 per cent holding in Pakistani mobileco, Paktel, to China Mobile for a cash consideration of $284m. The transaction implies a total enterprise valuation for of $460m for Paktel. Heavy investments in Pakistan have been a drain […]


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