BP veteran joins GIP as partner

Tufan Erginbilgic, the former chief executive of BP's downstream segment, has joined GIP as a partner

WBG eyes China towers

A World Bank Group member is assessing whether to lend to China’s largest privately owned and independent tower company on what would be its first investment in China’s tower subsector

Oz broadband network raises A$1.2bn debt

The Australian national broadband provider NBN has raised A$1.2 billion in a 5-year benchmark transaction at a coupon rate of 1%

First Sentier concludes first round for EDIF III

First Sentier Investors (FSI) has secured €3.4 billion in commitments for European Diversified Infrastructure Fund III (EDIF III)

SMBC promotion and move around

James White has been promoted to director at SMBC in London where he is now sector head for telecoms, the latest move in a shift around since Layth Irani’s promotion

Sustainability FoF raises €292m

Spain’s Arcano Capital has reached a final close for a sustainable infrastructure fund of funds, raising €292 million ($349m)

Portugal to proceed with 5G auction despite lawsuit

The Portuguese telecommunications watchdog ANACOM is set to proceed with 5G spectrum auction despite precautionary injunctions filed by the country’s 3 established service providers, Altice, Vodafone and NOS

Stilmark JV’s advisory team for Optus deal

The symphony consortium has hired a North American advisory team to assist with its bid for the A$2 billion Optus towers deal

ASI wins Airband auction

Aberdeen Standard Investments has won the auction to acquire a majority interest in Airband Community Internet

Investec hires for power and infra team

South African financial institution Investec has hired Felix Fletcher to join the power and infrastructure finance team in the firm's London office

Wardlaw joins Hermes

James Wardlaw has been appointed partner at Hermes Infrastructure after 9 years as vice chair of infrastructure at Campbell Lutyens

“Innovative funding” lined up for European data centres

An innovative financing structure led by 2 established project finance lenders will early next year reach a key stage in the delivery of 3 major data centres in Europe

Orange France to launch 5G in December

Orange France is set next week to launch 5G mobile internet in 15 cities across France

EQT and Proximus form fibre JV

EQT Infrastructure and Belgian telco Proximus have signed a joint venture agreement to build a fibre-to-the-home network for at least 1.5 million households and businesses in Belgium

Ethiopia issues RFP for telecom licences

The ECA has issued the RFP documents for two telecommunication licences – in line with the government of Ethiopia’s plan to liberalize the telecoms sector