Thursday, 22 September 2011
Telecom infrastructure investment strategies assessed in Hong Kong as operators chase next generation growth
With profits on voice services falling across the region, telecom operators are investing billions of dollars on the transition to growing data businesses. The latest strategies for investment and restructuring will be debated at the annual TMT Finance & Investment Asia conference, which uniquely gathers telecom leaders, investment bankers, investors and advisers from across the region.
Investment into 4G, LTE and 3.5G network technology is a critical area for debate this year, along with the sale of existing mobile tower assets to raise capital for investment into next generation networks and services. New financing and business models will be highlighted in a series of panel debates and keynote speeches.
"Government and private sector financing is combining to develop fixed broadband networks in a manner not seen before, “ said Michael Reede, Partner, Corporate, Allen & Overy, a speaker at the conference. “In the mobile sector there are increasing distinctions between passive and commoditised active elements on the one hand and advanced functionality on the other. Different ownership structures are emerging for each."
Reede, who will be making a keynote speech titled: “Next generation fixed and wireless networks - how they will change financing and M&A models over the next 10 years" will be joined by speakers from over 30 companies at the conference. Participating companies include Telstra, Etisalat, Huawei, City Telecom, Tower Bersama, Asia Broadcast Satellite, Protelindo, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, SBI Macquarie, Mobicom, Standard Chartered, Bakrie Telecom, American Tower, ANZ, ING, PwC, Reuters, DBS, SBI Macquarie, Herbert Smith and the World Bank.
Session themes include the Telecom Leadership Round Table; The M&A Panel; Infrastructure Investment and Towers; Raising Finance for Telecoms; The Telecom CFO Round Table and Cloud Services.
“Telecom operators need to meet the challenges of going ex growth in most markets in Asia so monetising next generation infrastructure and services is a critical theme for this year’s conference,” said Dominic Lowndes, Managing Director of BroadGroup TMT Ventures, the event producer. “Investment into backhaul networks, the sale and leaseback of towers, and vendor financing methods will feature heavily in public and private debates.”
The TMT Finance & Investment Asia conference takes place at the Intercontinental Grand Stanford, Hong Kong on November 1. For more programme information go to www.tmtfinance.com/asia
To register vvisit http://www.tmtfinance.com/asia/register/