Guam’s telecoms biz is abuzz about developments in the a pending $72 mn megadeal. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is gearing up to give the final OK for the agreement, as the federal agency has received a petition to adopt conditions in which Japan’s NTT DoCoMo would acquire and merge the assets of local wireless providers Guamcell Communications and HafaTel. If accepted, the petition would solidify the authorizations and licenses of what is expected to be the dominant local telecommunications provider.
According to Kuam, the Department of Justice, the Office of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have reviewed the stipulations and haven’t found fault in the transaction, much to the chagrin of rival GTA, who filed a complaint about the deal being a potential threat to – of all things – national security. The deal’s terms would enable the new collective entity to operate a wireless network serving Guam and the CNMI.