Wireline licensee looks to USD3bn rollout

16 Dec 2008

The Saudi Arabian fixed line licensee Optical Communications Co, which is led by US telco Verizon Communications, is expecting to spend USD3 billion on deploying infrastructure. Verizon has taken a 15% stake in the venture, with other investors including Millicom International Cellular and a number of local partners. ‘For the moment, we have set a USD3 billion budget for the optical wire infrastructure alone,’ a company executive told Reuters. Optical Communications hopes to raise some of the cash it will need to launch its operations through an initial public offering next year, the executive added. A launch is scheduled for 2010.