CAPCOM is the new company being formed from the Merger of Starcomms, Multilinks and MTS First Wireless. It has been reported that the new company is receiving fresh capital to the tune of US$200 million.
What is interesting is the fact that CAPCOM’s focus will primarilly be broadband data, not voice. They have their eyes on Multilinks extensive fibre network. CAPCOM also wants to acquire 20 Mhz of spectrum in the 1900Mhz frequency that will allow it to become the first national LTE broadband operator.
With an existing data consumer base of 160,000, CAPCOM wants to push for 2.5 million 4G/LTE broadband customers by 2016. Ambituous, if you ask me. The focus on data makes sense through and through. CDMA’s robustness for data is well known. In addition, I personally doubt that any CDMA operator can challenge the dominance of the GSM operators in the voice sector anymore. The voice battle has been fought and lost to GSM operators.
I look forward to seeing CAPCOM running and flexing muscles a bit. At the end of the day, their success is a plus for thee market and consumers who desire broadband internet access.
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