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Digicel Pacific: Australia's Telstra buys Pacific firm 'to block China'

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2021-10-27 02:40

Telstra is Australia's largest telecoms company. (Photo by=Getty Images)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] The Australian government and telecoms giant Telstra is buying a Pacific telecoms company in a joint venture. BBC said that the move is being viewed as a political block to China's influence in the region.

Telstra called the A$2.1bn ($1.6bn; £1.2bn) deal a "unique and very attractive commercial opportunity to boost our presence in the region". Digicel Pacific employs 1,700 people across Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, and Tahiti. The company's future has been the focus of speculation for months. Last year Digicel denied a report that it was in talks to sell its Pacific arm to state-owned China Mobile. According to Telstra, the Australian government approached it "to provide technical advice in relation to Digicel Pacific" which is "critical to telecommunications in the region". The government then agreed to finance the bulk of the bid, Telstra said. Analysts say the company would otherwise be attractive to China as it seeks to assert greater authority in the region. A spokesman for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told newswire Reuters: "Partnering on infrastructure development is a key part of our Pacific step-up."

Amid escalating tensions with China, Australia has ramped up its presence in the Pacific. Chinese control of telecommunications networks has long been a concern for Washington and its allies.



 

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