This week in Telecom: Cisco finally acquires Acacia for $4.5 bn

Mergers and Acquisitions
Cisco and Acacia make up with $4.5B acquisition pact  
The $4.5 billion is aimed at boosting Cisco’s optical system strategy. Read More>>
Goodman acquires Robinson Supply Company, expands presence in northeast 
Robinson will continue to supply and promote the full line of residential unitary and light commercial Goodman, Amana® and Daikin ductless HVAC products. Read More>>
Fujitsu has 20 acquisition targets in its sights  
The new acquisition is part of Fujitsu’s ¥600bn ($5.7bn) digital transformation drive. Read More>>
Cox acquires AI/3D scanner maker Fyusion to aid used car dealerships 
Fyusion’s scanning technology is already being used in Cox’s Manheim Express app for smartphones, enabling dealerships to create high-resolution exterior and interior car scans for listings. Read More>>
Tata Communications snaps up eSIM tech firm Oasis 
Tata Communications plans to integrate Oasis’ eSIM technology with its own MOVE mobility and IoT platform. Read More>>
Teledyne acquires Flir in $8 billion cash and stock deal 
Flir specializes in long wavelength infrared (LWIR) which was missing from Teledyne’s repertoire. Read More>>
Huawei and Central Agency for information technology in partnership to support IT talents in Kuwait government sector 
The cooperation between Huawei and CAIT resulted in the initiative of supporting IT talents in government sectors, which will provide online training platform and free exam opportunities to participants. Read More>>
UAE telecom operators du and Etisalat have partnered with Emaar Properties 
Under the Master Development Agreement (MDA), du and Etisalat will install, maintain, and oversee fixed telecom services and solutions across various sites. Read More>>
Nokia partners with M1 for 5G standalone in Singapore 
Driven by machine learning and artificial intelligence, the solution allows operators to automate network slices for the development of industrial use cases. Read More>>
NSIC and Airtel join forces to accelerate digital transformation of Indian MSMEs 
The partnership will make it easier for millions of small and medium businesses get access to Airtel’s Connectivity, Conferencing, Cloud, Security, and Go-to-Market solutions. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Eutelsat appoints Carron as chief HR officer Sandfire Anne Carron joins Eutelsat after an extensive career; first as a Corporate and M&A lawyer at Linklaters, and subsequently within the Carrefour Group in the posts of Deputy Legal Director and latterly Human Resources Director. Read More>>
VEON appoints Leonid Boguslavsky as director 
Mr. Boguslavsky is the founder of RTP Global, an early-stage venture capital firm with a strong track record of investing in technology, and is considered a pioneer of IT and internet tech investment. Read More>>
Frontier IP appoints City veteran as corporate relationships director   
Darren Winter, a former senior sales director with more than 30 years’ City experience, as its director of corporate relationships. Read More>>
Telstra appoints MD for South Asia and Singapore 
Based in Singapore, former DXC Technology executive Geraldine Kor will now head Telstra’s business across the South Asia and Southeast Asia markets. Read More>>
New BlackBerry maker OnwardMobility brings in TCL veteran Boutibonnes as EMEA general manager 
Géraud Boutibonnes joins from TCL, where he had previously been vice president for Europe and global accounts since 2018. Read More>>
Ooredoo appoints new director of operations and maintenance 
Saleh Al Manhi has been part of the Ooredoo Family for the last 14 years, as well as an active member of several national technical teams formed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and other authorities. Read More>>

Centre Setup and Expansion
Cisco to open its software center in New Taipei City 
This is Cisco’s first of its kind software development center in the Asia-Pacific Region. Read More>>
Avaya expanding AI-powered contact center capabilities to improve customer experience, participating with AWS contact center intelligence 
Avaya OneCloud CCaaS customers can benefit from AWS ML-powered intelligence to improve self-service, analyze calls in real time to assist agents. Read More>>
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