Swoop will be building 34km of dark timber in Adelaide with the purchase of iFibre
Australian telco Swoop announced on Tuesday that it was acquiring 34km of darkwood in Adelaide as a result of the purchase of AU $ 1.5 million from local business linking player iFibre. Swoop said the network connects "major data centers and commercial premises".
The agreement is expected to be finalized at the end of the month when AU $ 1.2 million will be awarded, with AU $ 300,000 reserved for "any applications and modifications".
“Built mostly in its own ducts and with very little use, the construction represents a huge value for Swoop, compared to us embarking on organic construction,” said Swoop CEO Alex West.
“Having previously relied on fiber activity at Vocus, we have excellent knowledge of the technical and industrial aspects of darkwood. "
Along with West, Swoop is packed with Vocus alumni, including Vocus founders James Spenceley and Tony Grist, Swoop current executive director Matthew Hollis, COO Julian Breen, and NodeOne chief executive Richard Whiting.
In the last few months, Swoop has been on a build spree. In June it paid out AU $ 1.75 million for wireless broadband provider Gippsland Speedweb; this was followed a week later by a contract to buy Perth-based wireless provider ComComs, which had the NodeOne brand; and in July, Swoop bought South Australia-based wireless provider Beam Internet for AU $ 7.2 million.
Prior to October, he parted with AU $ 4.2 million for Newcastle telco Countrytell and raised AU $ 41 million to fund their purchase spree. Later that month he acquired Voicehub Group and Harbourtel in an AU $ 4 million deal.
Elsewhere in South Australia on Tuesday, Fujitsu entered into a contract with the state Department of Correctional Services to provide their iSAFE unified criminal management system. The company said it would review the existing system, and expected the new iSAFE system to be fully operational by 2023.
Last week, Fujitsu teamed up with KT Korea and NTT Docomo to test the base station of the Fujitsu Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) in the Seoul lab. Fujitsu claims to be the first base stations in the world to comply with Open RAN, and said NTT has adopted them for commercial use in Japan.
“The tests included testing of the interaction between Fujitsu 5G base station equipment base station controllers and Korea’s medium-sized vendor radio unit, as well as end-to-end communications tests. The companies successfully tested O-RAN-compliant activity during the tests, "said Fujitsu, apparently to avoid mentioning Samsung.
"Fujitsu provided KT with 5G base station equipment and provided support during the testing, and Fujitsu then received NTT Docomo technical support for a multi-retail interoperability test."