Nokia has completed the sale of its "bling" mobile handset brand Vertu to EQT VI, which will see around 1,000 workers being transferred. The value of the transaction was not disclosed, though what we do know is that Nokia will retain a 10 percent minority shareholding in Vertu. (See Euronews: Nokia to Offload 'Bling' Brand and The Vertu Vanishes .)
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Mobile Telecoms Ltd. is looking to raise up to US$100 million from investors to roll out the brand in new markets in central Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, according to a report in the Financial Times (subscription required).
Liquid Telecom is trumpeting the fact that it has connected Zimbabwe to the WACS subsea cable that runs from South Africa to London. It has also, it says, started building the first urban fiber network in Zimbabwe, providing downlink speeds of up to 20 Mbit/s in a number of urban centers.