Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:18pm IST–Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, the largest telecoms company in southeast Asia, plans to acquire more high-tech firms, including in Israel, as it transforms itself into a multimedia and information and communications technology company.
“We are interested in investing in startups addressing major trends as well as the rise of social and local networks, mobile advertising and the increased need for systems that use smartphone applications,” Allen Lew, chief executive of SingTel’s new Digital Life unit, said at the annual High Tech Industry Association conference in Jerusalem.
“Israel is an important part of our golden plans for the digital space. We will be making strategic acquisitions and we will be partnering with companies here,” he said.
SingTel in March bought Amobee Inc, an Israeli mobile advertising solutions firm, for $321 million.
Lew said the company has a venture capital fund of S$200 million ($162.7 million) to invest in global start-ups.
SingTel, the world’s second-largest mobile operator behind China Mobile with 462 million customers in 26 countries, earlier this year set up a new structure to raise its presence in content and mobile applications as companies like Apple Inc grab more revenues from mobile phone users globally.
Lew said the firm needs to enter into complementary partnerships with other telecoms groups to give SingTel the “best chance for continued success”…Read More>>