HTH COMMUNICATIONS | February 01, 2022
HTH Communications via its wholly-owned subsidiary V-Tel, has acquired AirVoice Wireless, a provider of Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity services to consumers in ten states across the US. With the acquisition of AirVoice Wireless, HTH now offers Lifeline, Affordable Connectivity and Prepaid wireless services to consumers in all 50 states under three consumer brands: Cintex Wireless, NewPhone Wireless and AirVoice Wireless (coverage maps attached).
"AirVoice Wireless was an important acquisition for us in terms of achieving scale in our business,This acquisition combined with the investments we've made in our infrastructure mean that its now even easier for qualified consumers to receive the services they need in order to stay in touch with family, employers, healthcare and schools."
Henry Do, CEO of HTH Communications
HTH Communications, thru a wholly owned subsidiary, entered the Lifeline marketplace in 2017, operating as NewPhone Wireless in Louisiana. Quickly recognizing that to best serve this group of consumers, the neediest among us, it was necessary to have: 1) a comprehensive service offering that includes pre-paid wireless and data packages; 2) a strong Direct-to-Consumer business and ecommerce platform; and 3) the infrastructure to support and grow an agent channel. In 2019, HTH began offering nationwide pre-paid service thru the establishment of SFone Wireless. It later acquired Cintex Wireless and was also approved by the FCC to offer Affordable Connectivity plans. In December of 2021, HTH received approval to acquire AirVoice Wireless rounding out its corporate strategy.
"Our pre-paid wireless plans, generous comp structures and virtual fulfillment platform is attracting agents and dealers across the US," stated Do. "By providing a one-stop-shop, this channel can achieve profitability in their business and ultimately reach more consumers. It's a win-win."
About HTH Communications
HTH Communications is a full-service logistics and wireless services organization operating out of its 125,000-square-foot facility in Houston, Texas. In addition to its Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity companies, HTH provides device refurbishing and repair, 4PL and MVNE services to partners throughout the wireless industry.
About Lifeline and Emergency Broadband
The Federal Lifeline Assistance Program is a government benefit program. It helps low-income individuals and households receive basic telecommunication services for free or at a discounted rate. Lifeline was created in the 1980s by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that went into effect December 31, 2021 that helps ensure households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.
Phoenix Tower International | October 23, 2021
Phoenix Tower International ("Phoenix") and Outremer Telecom today announced they have entered into an exclusivity agreement regarding the acquisition by Phoenix of 203 wireless towers, together with newly constructed wireless towers over 10 years across the French West Indies through a build-to-suit program. The foregoing transaction would expand and solidify Phoenix's leadership position as the largest tower infrastructure provider in the market with over 437 towers and grow its footprint across Europe and the Caribbean. The transaction will be subject to customary conditions precedents for this type of transaction. It would result in Phoenix and Outremer Telecom establishing a long-term partnership whereby Outremer Telecom would occupy the sites for at least twenty years.
"With this transaction, PTI would continue to expand its presence across European territories and its disciplined investment strategy. The increased presence of PTI, a neutral host independent tower company, in the region would facilitate increased coverage expansion for all wireless operators and ultimately enhanced connectivity for the population of French West Indies. PTI is proud to be working with the mobile network operators across the world and is pleased to have entered into advanced discussions with the Altice Group on this transaction", stated Dagan Kasavana, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Tower International.
I am enthusiastic about the prospect of creating a new tower partnership in the French West Indies. Phoenix Tower International would be a long-term partner of the highest quality who shares our vision to invest in leading infrastructure
Mathieu Cocq, Chief Executive Officer of Outremer Telecom
About Phoenix Tower International
Phoenix, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates over 14,000 towers, 986 km of fiber and over 80,000 other wireless infrastructure and related sites throughout Europe, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Phoenix was founded in 2013 with a mission to be a premier site provider to wireless operators across the Americas in high-growth markets. Phoenix's investors include funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and John Hancock, as well as various members of the management team.
Choate Hall & Stewart and Dentons acted as legal advisors to PTI.
About Outremer Telecom
Outremer Telecom provides integrated fixed telephony, mobile telephony, and Internet access services for residential and business customers in Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana.
Created in 1986 under the name Infotel, the group was renamed with its current name in 2000. The group was listed on the Paris stock exchange in 2007. The Altice group acquired Outremer Telecom in 2013. Following the acquisition of SFR by Altice, Outremer Telecom now operates under the SFR brand.
Kyndryl | June 06, 2022
Kyndryl, the world's leading provider of IT infrastructure services, and Cisco announced a technological alliance today to enable enterprise customers to accelerate their transformation into data-driven enterprises using Cisco technologies and Kyndryl managed services.
Kyndryl and Cisco will collaborate to assist organizations in improving their operations by utilizing cloud computing services that simplify complex hybrid IT management by providing greater visibility, manageability, and flexibility. In addition, new private cloud services, network and edge computing solutions, software-defined networking (SDN) solutions, and multi-network wide area network (WAN) options will also be developed by Kyndryl and Cisco, all of which will be offered in an environment with increased security capabilities.
"Companies around the world in all industries are clamoring for solutions and services that can streamline the management and operation of their hybrid cloud and network computing environments. We are pleased that our long-standing collaboration with Cisco can provide customers with integrated technologies and services that derive more value from their current IT investments, while embracing the benefits of advanced network and edge computing capabilities.
Deborah Nevin, Vice President, Global Alliances
Cisco and Kyndryl will collaborate to provide technologies, infrastructure knowledge, and managed services to customers along their full cloud journey, from strategy and migration to running, maintaining, and supporting complex IT infrastructures. In addition, the two organizations will collaborate to facilitate and implement digital transformation projects for customers all around the world. The two companies will leverage their diverse partner ecosystems to bring a range of industry and technology solutions across networks, data center and cloud strategy, security, managed services, and strategic outsourcing by combining their capabilities to facilitate in-country and regional programming, execution, and investment.
"Kyndryl has a passion for innovation and has demonstrated expertise in delivering IT solutions to thousands of customers globally," says Keith Dyer, Vice President within Cisco's Global Enterprise Sales, and Global Partner Organization. "We're excited about what Cisco and Kyndryl can accomplish together in building and delivering the next generation of managed services. As customers demand more as-a-service offerings, we will continue to reimagine applications that transform networks and address IT needs to meet this demand."