Huawei expands North American headquarters; Safaricom plans $284M capex spend

> Huawei Technologies expanded its Plano, Texas-based North American headquarters to a 103,330-square-foot facility housing a customer demonstration center, test lab and technical assistance center. Story.

> The largest telecom operator in Kenya, Safaricom, will spend 23 billion Kenyan shillings ($284.6 million) in capex this year through the end of March, Reuters reports. Story.

> Atlantic Tele-Network has increased its credit facility by $75 million to $370 million. A new $50 million term loan and a $25 million expansion of its revolving credit facility gives the telecommunications service provider more flexibility in funding capital expenditures. News release.

> Rumor has it that TDC, a Danish telecommunications operator, is planning an initial public offering (IPO) in the fourth quarter of this year, Telegeography reports.

> Amy Himes Kramer has been named Legislative Director of AT&T (NYSE: T) New York. Formerly an advocate for Albany Credit Union Association, Kramer will work on AT&T's legislative objectives. News release.

> Dialogic, a mobile video services provider, and Veraz Networks, a bandwidth optimizer, have completed their merger. The new company will be called Dialogic, with a new stock ticker symbol (NASDAQ: DLGC). News release.

And finally... Innovation is as important as scale in driving M&A activity, says a VON|xchange article, explaining that "soaring bandwidth demand, technological innovation and new competition" this year led to a frenzy of consolidation moves. Story.

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