State-backed Fijian company Amalgamated Telecom Holdings (ATH) has received regulatory approval to take control of full service provider BlueSky Samoa from Spain-based Amper. The acquisition forms part of a wider deal that will see ATH acquire all of Amper’s interests in the South Pacific – also comprising units in American Samoa and the Cook Islands. In a press release from ATH, the company notes that whilst Samoan watchdog the Office of the Regulator (OOTR) has greenlit the takeover, it is still awaiting permissions from the relevant authorities in American Samoa and the Cook Islands.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, on 30 August 2016 ATH announced that Amper had accepted its FJD163 million (USD79.2 million) binding offer for the sale of all of Amper’s interests in the region. ATH went on to execute a ‘deed of sale’ on 23 September 2016, but stressed that the sale was still contingent on receiving permission from the relevant local authorities.